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Snyder's pregame warning is correct after Jazz return from road trip

Utah Jazz head coach Quin Snyder watches his team during NBA basketball against Memphis in Salt Lake City on Monday, Nov. 14, 2016.
Utah Jazz head coach Quin Snyder watches his team during NBA basketball against Memphis in Salt Lake City on Monday, Nov. 14, 2016.
Ravell Call, Ravell Call

SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah coach Quin Snyder had warned before the game that the first home game after a five-game road trip is more like the sixth game of the road trip for a variety of reasons. And it showed Monday night when the Jazz lost to Memphis 102-96.

“There’s a lot of things you’re fighting from an energy standpoint, both psychological and physical,” he said. “Psychologically there’s a sense that you’ve finished something. From a physiological standpoint, you’re probably in worse shape physically than you were for the last game of the road trip.”

Snyder pointed out that his team flew five and a half hours from Miami and got back about 4 in the morning Sunday.

“I’m not sure if the numbers bear it out, but usually play is sluggish, similar to a back-to-back,” he said. “Any time you get re-acclimated into an environment, it takes a little bit, there’s two time zones that we just changed.”

The numbers from last season bear out Snyder’s hypothesis, not to mention Monday’s loss.

The Jazz had five road trips of three or more games in 2015-16, and three times the Jazz lost their first home game after the road trip.

Rudy Gobert agreed with his coach’s theory.

“It’s always the same – the first home game after a long road trip is tough,” Gobert said. “Physically you get home and relax and also mentally, it’s the same thing. You relax, you think because you’re home, everything is going to be easy and you don’t have that same mentality on the road and you need to have that same mentality in every game.”

JAZZ NOTES: After Monday night’s game, the Jazz have now played more games than any other team in the NBA with 12. Going into the game, the Jazz were tied with the Blazers with 11 games played. They’ve also played the most road games of any NBA team with eight. … The Jazz used their sixth starting lineup Monday night with Joe Ingles making his first start of the year in place of ill Rodney Hood, along with Dante Exum, Gordon Hayward, Derrick Favors and Rudy Gobert. … Memphis coach David Fizdale was never a head coach before being named as the Grizzlies’ head coach last May, Before that he was an assistant at two colleges, San Diego and Fresno State, before going to Golden State for a year, Atlanta for four seasons and the Miami Heat for the past eight years. … The Grizzlies used an NBA-record 28 players last season because of a rash of injuries that included their top two players Marc Gasol (foot) and Mike Conley (Achilles).