We want to take advantage and if we’re the fresher team, let’s be the fresher team. —Utah Jazz head coach Quin Snyder
SALT LAKE CITY — With Toronto coming into Vivint Arena Friday night on the last night of a six-game, 12-day road trip, the Raptors could be expected to be worn out and ripe for getting run out of the gym by a Utah Jazz team in the midst of a two-week homestand interrupted by a single road game.
Coach Quin Snyder said his team is well aware of the Raptors rigorous road trip that began back on Oct. 23 and has gone through some of the NBA’s toughest venues, at San Antonio, Golden State, Portland and Denver.
“Certain teams have different psyches and the road can get weary,” Snyder said. “We want to take advantage and if we’re the fresher team, let’s be the fresher team. That’s always a little bit part of your game plan as far as trying to play hard and with energy and if that can have a greater impact on a given night, we’ll take it.”
Toronto coach Dwane Casey noted that not only has his team been on the road for almost two weeks, but they also spent much of the preseason in Hawaii and on the West Coast.
“It’s called the NBA, it’s what the league is about, we just happened to go in the first part of the season,” said Casey. “We’ve come into a few tough places, Denver’s a tough place, this is a tough place, San Antonio’s a tough place, Golden State . . . so this is added to the list.”