Jazz's Quin Snyder Enters COVID-19 Protocols; Alex Jensen to Serve as Acting HC

Doric SamJanuary 30, 2022

PHOENIX, ARIZONA - JANUARY 24: Head coach Quin Snyder of the Utah Jazz during the second half of the NBA game at Footprint Center on January 24, 2022 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Suns defeated Jazz 115-109. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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The Utah Jazz will be without head coach Quin Snyder for the foreseeable future.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Snyder has entered the NBA's health and safety protocols Sunday. In his absence, assistant Alex Jensen reportedly will serve as acting head coach for Sunday night's game against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Snyder is the 18th head coach to enter the league's COVID-19 protocols this season. His absence comes at a time when Utah is struggling mightily.

The Jazz have lost each of their last four games and 10 of their last 12, most recently falling to the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday to drop to 30-20 this season.

Utah has been dealing with injuries to its two best players, as Donovan Mitchell has been out since Jan. 17 with a concussion and Rudy Gobert hasn't played since Jan. 23 because of a calf strain. Mitchell leads the team with an average of 25.5 points to go along with 5.2 assists. Gobert is one of the best centers in the NBA with 16 points, 15.1 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game.

Despite ranking second in the NBA in scoring offense (113.7 ppg), the Jazz haven't been able to keep up with their opponents during this recent stretch. Utah has fell by double figures in six of their last 10 losses.

The Jazz are in fourth place in the Western Conference entering Sunday but lead the Dallas Mavericks (29-21) by just one game. Utah will have to find a way to end its recent skid if it hopes to avoid falling behind in the playoff race.