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Rockets’ Chris Paul reacts to Quin Snyder’s compliment about his coaching ability

Chris Paul, Quin Snyder

The Houston Rockets trampled the Utah Jazz in Game 1 of the team’s opening round series en route to taking a quick 1-0 lead. However, knowing how dangerous the Jazz can be at times, this series is far from over.

Adding to the intrigue of this matchup between the fourth-seeded Rockets and fifth-seeded Jazz, Utah head coach Quin Snyder paid Houston point guard Chris Paul a major compliment while the veteran signal caller has now returned the favor.

“Tell Quin I ain’t no free agent anymore,” Paul recently told The Houston Chronicle. “He doesn’t need me, anyway. I really like Quin. That why this series will be a big series because I know they’ll be prepared every night.

“Me and Quin are both on the competition committee. I got the [utmost] respect for him. In one of those long three-hour competition committee meetings you get a chance to see the way a coach’s mind works, him and Brad Stevens and all the other people in there, so I have the upmost respect for him.”

Originally, Snyder commented that Paul was actually a better coach than he was considering the Rockets’ ability to adjust — especially with the seasoned point guard on the floor.

The Rockets will host the Jazz once more before the two teams head back to Utah for the next stretch of what can become quite the competitive series in the end.

Even though Houston was initially victorious, expect Utah to put up much more of a fight in Game 2.