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Utah Jazz: Former players Deron, Mo Williams falter at second round of playoffs

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If your last name was Williams and you once played for the Utah Jazz, you did not fare well during the second round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs. Both Deron and Mo watched as their teams went down in a fiery heap -- losing 4-1 in their best-of-seven series. But they weren't the only Jazz players to suffer season-ending fates. In fact, the only former Jazzman left is Derek Fisher.

For Deron Williams, his season wasn’t his best statistically to begin with -- but he did give it a valiant effort despite playing on two bum ankles that will require off-season surgery. His Brooklyn Nets lost 4-1 to the Miami Heat on Wednesday, May 14 to go home for the summer -- and Williams had a rough go against the Heat.

Andrei Kirilenko was a surprise for Brooklyn, as his minutes during the Miami series increased -- even if it was too little, too late for his Nets.

As for Mo Williams, his Portland Trail Blazers went up against the San Antonio Spurs and his Blazers suffered a similar fate to that of Deron’s team -- falling 4-1 to the Spurs as well on Wednesday. Though his playing time was limited in this series, he did what he could to help.

Wesley Matthews was another former Jazzman who never got untracked against San Antonio like he had in the Blazers first-round series against the Rockets. Here's more on how the former Jazz players did during the second round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs.

 Deron Williams, Brooklyn Nets
Deron Williams, Brooklyn Nets Elsa/Getty Images

Deron Williams, Brooklyn Nets

As indicated in the open, D-Will has been battling nagging ankle injuries this season in what has been one of his worst statistical years as a pro.

The second round against Miami was a throwaway for Williams, who averaged just 11 points per game -- and had a series-high 17. That won’t get the job done against LeBron and the Heat -- and so Deron’s season is now over.

Andrei Kirilenko, Brooklyn Nets
Andrei Kirilenko, Brooklyn Nets Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Andrei Kirilenko, Brooklyn Nets

AK-47 played the most minutes he has played all season in this series against the Heat, averaging five points and three rebounds in 19 minutes per game.

Perhaps that’s a sign he’ll see more playing time next season -- because his first year back in the NBA was a bust. With two years left on his current deal, he’ll need to produce next year.

Mo Williams, Portland Trail Blazers
Mo Williams, Portland Trail Blazers Chris Covatta/Getty Images

Mo Williams, Portland Trail Blazers

Mo had the unfortunate pleasure of going down with a groin injury and missed games three, four and five against the Spurs.

He only averaged 18 minutes and five points per game in a reserve role for the Blazers, who also watched their season end against mighty San Antonio.

Wesley Matthews, Portland Trail Blazers
Wesley Matthews, Portland Trail Blazers Chris Covatta/Getty Images

Wesley Matthews, Portland Trail Blazers

For all that Matthews could do against Houston in the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs -- which was everything by most accounts -- his second round performance against San Antonio was a shell of that series.

He still clocked 38 minutes per game but his point production and defense were down, compared to the Rockets series in which he dominated on both offense and defense. 

Derek Fisher, Oklahoma City Thunder
Derek Fisher, Oklahoma City Thunder Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

Derek Fisher, Oklahoma City Thunder

Fisher’s Thunder roll on through a tough series with the Los Angeles Clippers -- which as of Thursday, May 15 was in favor of the Thunder by a count of three games to two.

His minutes have decreased from the first round series win over Memphis. He’s only getting about 10 minutes per game to go with one point -- but he is the only ex-Jazzman to be playing at this point in the playoffs so that has to count for something. 

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