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Ricky Rubio could miss 10 days with hamstring injury, per report

That’s bad news for Utah.

Utah Jazz  v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Five Photo by J Pat Carter/Getty Images

Ricky Rubio will miss Game 1 of the Utah Jazz and Houston Rockets Western Conference Semifinal playoff matchup due to a hamstring injury, according to the Salt Lake Tribune’s Tony Jones. He could miss up to 10 days depending on how his rehabilitation goes, according ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

That’s a tough blow for Utah, which survived the second half of Game 6 against the Oklahoma city Thunder in the opening round of the playoffs without him. The Rockets are the top seed in the west, and Rubio’s loss will only up the workload for rookie phenom Donovan Mitchell. Dante Exum should expect more time as well.

The Jazz surprised many by knocking off Russell Westbrook and Paul George’s OKC team. Mitchell stole most of the headlines for good reason, but Rubio had been really solid as well. He triple-doubled in a Game 3 win on 26 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists, and scored in double figures every game he played in except Game 6, in which he lost time due to the injury.

The Rockets and Jazz will play Game 1 of their second-round matchup a 3:30 p.m. ET on Sunday.