The current Utah Jazz players are probably sitting back in their homes -- or on beaches somewhere -- miles removed from the rigors of a season in the NBA, or even the playoffs. But, several former Utah Jazz players are still fortunate enough to be able to play, and are still in the thick of things at the 2014 NBA Playoffs.
The first round of the playoffs is now complete as of Monday, May 5 -- and the second round is about to begin this week. However, not all former Jazz players who began the playoffs have been fortunate enough to survive the first round.
There have been some casualties, most notably the trifecta of former Jazzmen Paul Millsap, Kyle Korver and DeMarre Carroll -- whose Atlanta Hawks were bounced by the Indiana Pacers after a valiant effort by the No. 8 seed Hawks to pull off the upset fell just short. Devin Harris and his Dallas Mavericks also felt the seven-game pain of losing, dropping a lopsided decision to the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday, May 4.
On the flip side, you had the Brooklyn Nets featuring Deron Williams -- and Andrei Kirilenko in a limited role -- upending the No. 3 seed Toronto Raptors Sunday in another playoff series that went to seven games. And Derek Fisher helped his Oklahoma City Thunder win its playoff series over Memphis.
Rip City had its own unique flavor this week as well, with former Jazzmen Wesley Matthews and Mo Williams helping the Portland Trail Blazers to its first playoff series win since 2000. The Blazers also were taken to the brink by a game Houston Rockets team -- but former Weber State star Damian Lillard’s buzzer-beating three pointer sent Portland into the second round.
It was a great week for many former Utah Jazz players. But, here’s how they all did at the 2014 NBA Playoffs first round. While the list is dwindling, there are still many in the hunt for a title. Click on the photos for their stories.