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Utah Jazz notes: Snyder can’t wait until band is together again

DENVER — So far this season, the Utah Jazz lead the league in at least one category — they’re tied with Philadelphia for most individual games missed with 39.

Coach Quin Snyder gets weary talking about all the injuries every night, but knows he has to, because he gets asked about it all the time and says “it’s reality.”

On Sunday night, Snyder had a new way of talking about it, comparing his team to a musical band.

“Hopefully the band will be back together,” he said, pointing out that the Jazz have only had one game this year where George Hill and Gordon Hayward played together. “We haven’t really established a band, so I don’t even know what that sounds like, but hopefully we’ll at least get some guys who know where to sit and what they’re supposed to do.

"But in the meantime, all the focus has to go with the guys we have and not only trying to win, but trying to improve.”

Sunday’s opponent, Denver, has had its share of injuries also, with 23 individual missed games, and Snyder was asked if he feels a “kinship” with Denver coach Mike Malone because of that.

“It’s not like we want to be cousins,” Snyder said. “You lament some of those things and you can’t control them. Some things you can control and you try to, and that’s where we are, and I’m sure that’s where Mike is.”

ROUGH START FOR RUDY: It was a rough night for Utah center Rudy Gobert against the team that drafted him in 2013.

The Jazz center got into early foul trouble with two fouls in the first four minutes and spent much of the first half on the bench. He also picked up his first technical foul of the season after complaining about his second foul and then was whistled for a flagrant 1 foul midway through the second quarter.

At halftime, he had 0 points and 0 rebounds in 10 minutes, but played better in the second half, finishing with six points and seven rebounds

JAZZ NOTES: The Jazz and Nuggets will play each other again on Wednesday night at Vivint Arena and also on Dec. 3. The two teams will play again in Denver on Jan. 24. … Utah swept the season series last year 4-0, its first series sweep against Denver since 2002-03. … Four of Denver’s losses this year have been by three points or fewer. … The Jazz will play nine of their next 11 games at home, and 13 of 18 games before the end of 2016 are at home.