The 2013 NBA playoffs have gone as expected in the sense that stars have been born, records have been set and absolutely no one predicted what we've witnessed. Fortunately, hindsight offers 20/20 vision and we can now reflect on what's transpired with shock and awe.
The question is, what were the most extraordinary individual feats of the postseason?
Some players have set all-time records, thus solidifying their status as one of the greatest to ever play. Others have achieved that same feat, all the while surprising us at who it is that now owns an NBA record.
In other instances, players may not have set an all-time mark, but they entered the ranks of history. One way or another, individuals have made themselves into the legends of the 2013 NBA playoffs.
The term extraordinary simply doesn't do them justice.
Ray Allen Sets All-Time Mark
Miami Heat shooting guard Ray Allen is the unquestioned king of the three-point shot. He is the all-time leader in three-point field goals made for a career and held the record for the most three-point field goals made in one NBA Finals series until this year.
During the Heat's first round series against the Milwaukee Bucks, Allen became the all-time leader in another category—career postseason three-point field goals made.
This is yet another notch in the belt for Allen, who has mastered the art of the three-point shot. While others may be on the rise, Allen has done something that only legends can stake claim to.
He's become the golden standard.
Allen, 37, shot 41.9 percent from beyond the arc during the regular season and rests at 41.8 percent during the playoffs. In other words, if he opts to continue playing after this season, there's no reason to believe he'll be slowing down as a shooter.
The standard increases.
Stephen Curry Goes for 40 & 10
According to Basketball-Reference.com, Stephen Curry was the 13th player since 1986 to score 40 points and dish out 10 assists in a playoff game. He had the fifth-highest point total while achieving the feat.
And he did it in a loss.
Curry finished with 44 points and 11 assists in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals against the San Antonio Spurs. More specifically, Curry did this while going up against Tony Parker, who has a long history of shutting opposing point guards down come the playoffs.
Curry wasn't susceptible to that treatment.
Curry had no shortage of memorable moments during the 2013 NBA playoffs, but that shouldn't minimize the value of his least-recognized game. For all of his brilliance against the Denver Nuggets, Curry was never finer than Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals.
A performance for the ages.
Danny Green's Three-Point Brilliance
When you think of the greatest three-point shooters of all-time, the likes of Ray Allen and Reggie Miller come to mind. When you think of today's greatest marksmen, breakout performer Stephen Curry and, again, Allen enter the picture.
What if I told you that Danny Green was the three-point shooter that made history in 2013?
Danny Green now has the NBA Finals record for most 3-pt FGM in a series (23).— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 17, 2013
Who would've thunk it?
Not only has Green dominated the NBA Finals, but he's been the top three-point shooter during the 2013 NBA playoffs. He leads all players with 53 three-point field goals made—second place has 42—and is shooting 51.5 percent from beyond the arc.
During the Finals alone, Green is shooting 65.8 percent from three-point range—need we say more?
Dwyane Wade's All-Time Game 4
Much has been made of Dwyane Wade's recent struggles, as his knee injury has limited both his mobility and efficiency. In turn, some had begun to question if Wade was still a superstar, or if his injuries had finally got the best of him.
And then Game 4 rolled around.
Dwyane Wade: 1st player with 30 pts, 6 steals in a Finals game since 1988 (Isiah Thomas, Pistons vs Lakers).— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 14, 2013
It doesn't end there.
The stuff of legends.
Wade, a two-time NBA champion and the 2006 Finals MVP, has been known for his extraordinary NBA Finals performances. With that being said, no one expected Wade's rebound performance to be one of legendary measures.
Well, it was—and we shouldn't have expected anything less.
For what it's worth, Wade followed that performance with 25 points and 10 assists in Game 5. Even as Miami lost, Wade continued to build his case to be the Finals MVP should Miami win.
With or without the award, Wade has etched his name into the record books once again.