Professional basketball is a contact sport. Most contact is legal and without controversy. However, a game played by some of the largest—and smallest—human beings on the planet tends to create some pretty violent collisions; especially when every player gets—depending on how well one does it—five opportunities to inflict as much pain as possible on the opponent.
And when it’s NBA playoff time—make no mistake about it—pain is dished out on nearly every lay-up, dunk or screen.
The following slideshow is a list of the hardest ten fouls in the past three postseasons. Some are flagrant, some are intentional, most are hysterical, and all are awesome.