Members of the Utah Jazz boarded a flight from Phoenix to San Antonio around 11:20 p.m. Friday. But shortly after being in the air, a mechanical issue forced the pilot to head back to Phoenix, where the guys waited for hours before ultimately changing planes for safety purposes. In the end, the Jazz didn’t arrive at their team hotel in San Antonio until roughly 5:30 a.m. Saturday with an 8 p.m. tipoff scheduled against the San Antonio Spurs at AT&T Center. “I’m not a good flier so, personally, I was getting nervous,” said Jazz coach Quin Snyder. “We kept seeing lights everywhere and kept wondering if we were in Texas after 10 minutes. “So there was a problem with the plane, and they landed it,” he added. “There was logistical issues, but that’s part of it, our guys know that, but whether it makes it more challenging tonight is irrelevant. We got down safe and ready for the game.” On the second night of a back-to-back, Donovan Mitchell would sit out with flu-like symptoms after a 40-point performance against the Phoenix Suns on Friday, while Rodney Hood returned from a six-game absence with a lower leg contusion.
Despite plane-related delay, Jazz trip up Spurs in San Antonio
Deseret News | Feb 4