Quin Snyder gets ejected for the first time in his NBA career
Utah Jazz head coach Quin Snyder is often seen during games just sitting on the bench, giving instructions to his players, and calling the plays during timeouts. He rarely shows a lot of emotions, or even argues too much with the referees. However, on Monday night against the Orlando Magic, a totally different version of Snyder was seen.
With only 52 seconds left in the game and the Jazz leading by 14 points, the 51-year-old was hot under the collar and charged to the middle of the floor. Snyder also had some choice words for the game officials and had to be restrained by his assistants and some of his players.
It resulted to him getting ejected from the game, which is the first time it has happened to him in the NBA.
If there’s any good news for the Jazz, they completed the victory, 94-80. Rudy Gobert led the home team’s charge, finishing with 21 points and 17 rebounds, while Donovan Mitchell chipped in with 19 points, five rebounds, and four assists.
The Magic, on the other hand, received strong games from Nikola Vucevic, who recorded a double-double of his own of 15 points and 12 rebounds, with help from who Aaron Gordon recorded 13 points and six rebounds.
Snyder’s uncharacteristic outburst can be considered a strong message to the referees moving forward, that the Jazz are very serious in their quest to make it to the playoffs this season. With a 34-30 record, they are now only a game and a half behind the Denver Nuggets for eighth place in the Western Conference and are breathing down their necks.
Utah has won 15 of their last 17 games.