Utah Jazz head-to-head matchups against the San Antonio Spurs

Published: Saturday, April 28 2012 6:00 p.m. MDT

San Antonio Spurs' Tim Duncan (21) is defended by Minnesota Timberwolves' Kevin Love (42) and Martell Webster (5) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game on Wednesday, March 21, 2012, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

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Devin Harris

Point guard

11.3 ppg, 5.0 apg

It took awhile, but once the former Wisconsin standout hit his stride, he's been the catalyst in the Jazz's late-season run. He's hitting 3-pointers and playing with a more aggressive attitude, pushing the ball upcourt and driving to the hoop. In the month of April, Harris is shooting 42.4 percent from 3-point range.

Gordon Hayward

Shooting guard

11.8 ppg, 3.5 rpg

The former Butler star has made huge strides in his second year and has gotten better as the season has worn on. Over the last 15 games, he has averaged 17 points, five rebounds and four assists, while shooting above 50 percent from the field. He's also turned into a 3-point threat, hitting 42.4 percent since the All-Star break after connecting on only 24.6 percent before.

Paul Millsap

Power forward

16.6 ppg, 8.8 rpg

He's still the glue that holds the Jazz together with his hustle and consistent effort. The Spurs may have matchup problems against Millsap, particularly when he plays the small forward spot with Derrick Favors in the game. He still may be the best rebounder in the league for his size and leads the team in steals with 1.8 per game.

DeMarre Carroll

Small forward

4.8 ppg, 2.5 rpg

He wasn't even with the team for the first third of the season, hardly played a lick during the next third, but as the Jazz head into the playoffs, the former Missouri star finds himself as the starting small forward. He's not an outside threat or an exceptional rebounder, but plays hard. Derrick Favors will likely get more minutes off the bench than Carroll, as may Josh Howard.

Al Jefferson


19.2 ppg, 9.6 rpg

Big Al leads the team in scoring and rebounding and is excited for his first playoff experience in seven years, going back to his rookie season. He has a reputation for holding the ball once he gets it inside, but his assist total has gone up from 2.0 to 2.5 since the All-Star break as he passes the ball out to the wing players more, which has increased his own effectiveness inside.

Tyrone Corbin


Finishing 36-30 with a team picked for last place in the Northwest Division by many experts would get many coaches a look at coach-of-the-year honors. Corbin won't get a sniff for that award, but there's no denying the terrific job he's done with a young Jazz squad in just his second year.


Tony Parker

Point guard

18.3 ppg, 7.7 apg

The jet-fast guard from France is scoring more than the past two seasons and he's also averaging a career high in assists, eighth-best in the league this year. He has a great ability to get to the hoop and also has a great mid-range jumper.

Danny Green

Shooting guard

9.1 ppg, 3.5 rpg

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