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Iron Man: Jimmy Butler
Butler hasn't averaged the most minutes during the playoffs (that honor goes to Jeff Green, who logged 43 per contest in Round 1), but he put together the longest uninterrupted run of on-court time. Between Game 5 against the Nets and Game 2 against the Heat, Butler didn't rest, accumulating over 160 consecutive minutes on the floor.
I'm tired just thinking about that.
Baddest Dude Around: Andrew Bogut
Now that the series is over between the Warriors and Nuggets, even Mark Jackson can admit that Golden State was every bit as dirty as Denver was, right?
Bogut was the Dubs' chief enforcer in that six-game set, setting bone-jarring picks and even going the slightly less subtle route by shoving Kenneth Faried out of bounds in a decidedly non-basketball play.
Hey, it's the playoffs; sometimes you've got to do some face shoving.
Bogut also crammed home a vicious dunk on JaVale McGee, paying the Nuggets center back for an earlier slam and generating one of the postseason's most violent highlights.
Yeah, Bogut's a pretty tough dude.
Twitter MVP: Metta World Peace, in a landslide.
Just a few of his gems:
Did what, exactly? Set writing back another 50 years?
I don't understand.
Honestly, there are probably 50 more tweets that were at least this good over the past few weeks. Never, ever stop tweeting, MWP.
The "Don't Blink" Award: Stephen Curry
He didn't win any other honors here, and that just felt wrong. So Curry wins the totally fictitious "Don't Blink" Award because of his uniquely explosive game.
His credentials include a pair of 22-point quarters, the most made three-point shots of the postseason (11 more than his teammate, Thompson, who's in second place) and some of the nastiest off-the-dribble jumpers you'll ever see.
Curry has been the most exciting player to watch this postseason, so in order to properly take in all of his "Did you see that?" brilliance, it'd probably be a good idea to just tape your eyelids open.
The Friendship Award: Zach Randolph and Blake Griffin
Based on all of the hugging, piggyback rides and playful wrestling between these two guys in the first-round series between the Los Angeles Clippers and Memphis Grizzlies, Griffin and Randolph are clearly great pals.
They couldn't go more than a few seconds without embracing.
It's nice to see that amid the hot tempers and frayed nerves of the playoffs, these two managed not to let competition get between their mutual affection.
That sound you just heard was your sarcasm meter exploding.