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Utah Jazz hoping to strike the perfect balance of rest and refocus during the NBA All-Star break

Utah Jazz head coach Quin Snyder reacts after a foul was called against the team during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets, Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, in Houston.
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HOUSTON — As well as being a time to celebrate the most elite talent in the NBA, the All-Star break is also looked at by league coaches and players as a chance to relax and recuperate before the home stretch of the regular season.

With the All-Star break on the horizon, a stretch that lasts from Feb. 13 through Feb. 20 for the Utah Jazz, Quin Snyder is hoping that his team can find the perfect balance between respite and refocusing.

“Both a physical and mental emotional break can have the effect of rejuvenating,” Snyder said on Sunday. “As we’re a team that is evolving ... some of the continuity and rhythm that you develop you hope that’s not disrupted as well.”

Of course, this year not all of the Jazz players will be able to take the week off as a the midseason vacation that NBA players have come to enjoy. Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell are making their All-Star debuts this year and will be in Chicago for all of the NBA All-Star 2020 hoopla that culminates in the headlining event on Feb. 16.

“I think they’ll have a chance, when the game is over, to kind of decompress, but more than anything we’re just excited for them to enjoy the time,” Snyder said.

Though he did add that it was a little bit of worry in the back of his mind.

For a peak behind the curtain, the reason having the Jazz’s two best players participate in the All-Star Game gives Snyder a small amount of pause is because much more is required of the players than just the time they spend on the court during the game.

All-Star break is a full-fledged, circus-style event with the players made to make multiple appearances, where there are media requirements, other All-Star events, endorsement meetings and potentially much more.

Then on top of all of that, there are celebrities and other athletes in town. It’s a three-day long party with many late nights. It can be an exciting and often exhausting way to spend what is normally a chill week off from basketball.

“The fact that it is new for them,” Snyder said with some trepidation. “They know and they’re aware and we’ll be cognizant of trying to accomplish everything that we can.”

Before the Jazz can put any of their focus on the All-Star break, they still have two more games to take care of after Sunday night’s contest against the Houston Rockets. They’ll be in Dallas for the second game of a back-to-back against the Mavericks on Monday and then return home to face the Miami Heat on Wednesday.