Utah Jazz: Millslammed! Former Jazz players, Hawks take it to Utah in 118-85 rout
“We just didn’t have it from the beginning of the ballgame tonight,” Corbin said. “We have to come out ready to play.”
Millsap had his game face on early in the day. He cracked a grin after the morning shootaround while joking that his memory was failing him when asked to name highlights of his seven-year stint in Salt Lake City.
The 2007 Western Conference Finals run? Getting a chance to shine alongside Big Al for three years after Carlos Boozer moved on? Maybe the Miami Miracle?
“All of it’s together. It just brings up (memories of) one incredible career in Utah, not just one memory sticks out,” Millsap said. “Over the course of years, I met great people, befriended a lot of people. Just great times.”
Millsap admitted to being surprised the Jazz didn’t bring him back this past offseason when the team went into rebuild mode, but he also “can’t deny that I’m happy here” in Atlanta. He signed a two-year deal with the Hawks this summer.
"Both situations were great for me," he said.
Carroll, who finished with five rebounds, four points, four steals, four assists and one block, said he’s moved on but holds fond memories of his time in Utah. He signed with the Jazz in February 2012 after being waived by Denver and then played mostly a backup role through the next season.
“I cherish every moment I was there,” Carroll said. “The fans was the best, the organization. (Former general manager) Kevin O’Connor actually really remade my career.”
But like Millsap, Carroll didn’t make a big deal out of playing against his former team.
“I just want to go out there and do what I did,” Carroll said. “I’m the Junkyard Dog, and you really can’t take that away from me.”
The Hawks visit the Jazz on March 10, which will be Millsap’s first pro game in the Beehive State as a visitor.
“It will be interesting to see when we go to Utah. Maybe he will get a little (emotional),” Horford said. “He’s one of those guys you can never tell, because he’s got the same face and the same focus.”
Tell Jazz fans about it.
NOTES: Hayward collided with Atlanta guard Jeff Teague and crashed to the floor in a scary moment in the second half. He returned after having the wind knocked out of him. “I was looking at the ball and got hit right in the chest and fell down on my back, but it’s all right. I’m good. It was like a receiver going across the field. That’s why I don’t play football.” Rookie point guard Trey Burke only scored two points on 1-for-8 shooting with three assists two nights after his best NBA game in Orlando when he had 30 points, eight assists and seven rebounds. “It’s definitely difficult,” he said. “I’ve got to just learn how to just stay at it, just continue to stay aggressive, continue to try to get in the paint, make plays for the team. I felt like I started to fall in love with the outside shot early on.” Atlanta, which earned its first wire-to-wire win, has beaten Utah five times in a row.
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