The first round of the NBA playoffs has come to an end with varying levels of success for those with local ties. A few are still alive in the chase for a championship while others got sent packing after one series. Some earned plenty of minutes while others just had a great seat to watch the action.
Here is a look at how our local favorites performed during the opening round of the playoffs.
Andrew Bogut, Utah, Golden State Warriors
Bogut and his Golden State Warriors advanced to the second round with a 4-0 sweep over the New Orleans Pelicans in the first round. He started in all four games and had some very nice moments. His best showing came in game one when he finished with 12 points on 6-for-8 shooting from the floor to go along with 14 rebounds, five assists, two steals and a pair of blocks.
For the series, he averaged 6.3 points on 63.2 percent shooting from the floor to go along with nine rebounds, 2.3 assists and two blocks in 27.8 minutes.
Up next for Bogut and the Warriors is a matchup with the Memphis Grizzlies.
C.J. Wilcox, Pleasant Grove High School, Los Angeles Clippers
While the Clippers advanced to the second round after a thrilling seven game series over the World Champion San Antonio Spurs, Wilcox did not play. In fact, he was inactive during all seven games against the Spurs.
Up next for Wilcox and the Clippers is a matchup with the No. 2 seed Houston Rockets.
Jimmer Fredette, BYU, New Orleans Pelicans
Fredette did not play at all as the New Orleans Pelicans were swept in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs by the No. 1 seed Golden State Warriors. In fact, even though his team has made the playoffs in back-to-back seasons, he has yet to play in a playoff game.
There is no telling what is on the horizon for Fredette as he enters into his second straight summer in free agency since he only signed a one-year deal in New Orleans.
Damian Lillard, Weber State, Portland Trail Blazers
Lillard did all he could to help the short-handed Trail Blazers move on in the playoffs, but it wasn’t enough as they fell 4-1 to the Memphis Grizzlies. His best game came in the only win of the series for Portland when he finished with 32 points on 12-for-23 shooting from the floor to go along with seven assists, two rebounds and a steal in 38:53.
For the series, he averaged 21.6 points on 40.6 percent shooting from the field with 4.6 assists and four rebounds in 40.2 minutes per game.
It will be an interesting offseason for Lillard and Portland as the Trail Blazers will have to contend with keeping some of their best players in free agency or adding new pieces.