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Snyder trying not to place too much importance on Houston game tonight

Utah Jazz's head coach Quin Snyder gestures from the sidelines to his players during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns Thursday, March 17, 2016, in Salt Lake City. The Jazz won 103-69.
Utah Jazz's head coach Quin Snyder gestures from the sidelines to his players during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns Thursday, March 17, 2016, in Salt Lake City. The Jazz won 103-69.
Kim Raff, Associated Press

HOUSTON — Utah Jazz coach Quin Snyder knows the importance of Wednesday night’s game with Houston, which counts as a two-game swing between two teams fighting for one of the final Western Conference playoff spots.

The Rockets are a half-game ahead of the Jazz in the West at 35-36 to Utah’s 34-36.

However, Snyder is not treating the big game any different than another — at least he’s not letting on that he is.

“It gets you onto a slippery slope,” he said. “To single out one game of the next 12 and say it’s any more important than any other, it makes sense. But you could say the same thing about the last time we played Houston. Maybe Phoenix last Thursday) is more important. Maybe Dallas (in two weeks) is more important.”

When asked if he might change up his rotation and play some players more, perhaps 40 minutes-plus, in an effort to get a victory, Snyder didn’t bite, either.

“I don’t know that we can play guys any more than they’ve been playing,” he said. “We’ve got a guy that’s coming off plantar fasciitis (Gordon Hayward) that missed two games last week. I play him 40 minutes, who knows where he is.”