Who has been the best Playoff Performer so far? Lebron James's stats were amazing as are Kobe's. But what about Steve Nash, Kevin Garnett, and Dwight Howard. Pau Gasol has been an absolute stud in the Lakers offense and defense. Amar'e Stoudemire is averaging 22.2 points and picking up big boards.
Who has been the best of the best during these playoffs?
Deron Williams averaged 24.3 points a game in the playoffs and 10.2 assists. He led the Jazz to the second round where they met a way better Lakers team and got crushed in four games.
Still he played great and deserves credit for trying his best against the Lakers. He gave it his all, and that's all we can ask. Well maybe not all, but whatever.
Kevin Durant played well above his years against the Lakers. He led Oklahoma City to two wins and almost pushed Kobe to the brink but for Kobe's heroics in Game Six.
Durant had the oh-so-fun job of shutting down Kobe a lot of the time and played admirably well. All in all, Durant fell to the overwhelming size and strength of the Lakers, but put up a good fight. In fact, when these playoffs are over, the Thunder may have taken the biggest stand to the Lakers.
Durant averaged 25 points and almost eight rebounds.
The stats lie, they really do. LeBron averaged 29 points a game, over nine rebounds, and almost eight assists.
Those have to be the best stats in the NBA playoffs, but stats are not everything. LeBron didn't play like a King. He did not turn up his game like Kobe does. It almost seemed like he didn't care.
Collectively averaging over 50 points a game they have all taken the back seat to Rajon Rondo but are still contributing well to the Celtics offense and defense. They knocked off LeBron and the Cavs and are staring down the Lakers from thousands of miles away.
Sidenote: Another Celtics-Lakers showdown? Who could ask for anything better than the two most storied franchises squaring off?
Amar'e has been a rock in the Suns offense, averaging 22.2 points a game and seven rebounds.
When it looked like the Lakers were going to walk all over the suns Amar'e stood up scored almost 40 points and pulled in 13 rebounds. The series between the Lakers and Suns is not over but if the Suns are to win, Amar'e will need to come up BIG again.
Dwight Howard had been far and away the best Magic player in the playoffs. Howard is averaging 17 points and 11 rebounds in the playoffs but has been averaging over 20 points the last two series.
Howard led the Magic to a victory last night with their backs against the wall. Now he just needs to lead the team to three straight wins. The end of his road may have come.
Pau has been nothing short of amazing during these playoffs. He has shown his amazing touch and ball-handling skills as well as his sheer force.
Pau is averaging 21.2 points a game and 11.8 rebounds. he almost never comes off the bench and has formed the best one-two punch in the league with Kobe.
Despite getting injured, Steve Nash has been dynamite. Nash is playing like a two-time MVP and lead the Suns to the Western Conference Finals versus the Lakers. Nash is averaging almost 17 points a game and over 10 assists a game.
He might even play with a broken nose tonight. He will definitely be needed.
Kobe has been the Most Valuable Player in the West. He has been 100 percent Kobe Bryant-like and is on his way to another ring. Boston likely stands in his way. He still remembers 2007 and boy, oh boy, is he going to be motivated.
For anyone who has seen Kobe play a motivated game you know what i am talking about. The best player in the league is proving it where LeBron failed to. Kobe "Playoff Performer" Bryant.
Rondo has overachieved during these playoffs so much it could almost be in a movie. He has shown more effort than anyone else and earned his tie with Kobe.
He is averaging almost 17 points, almost six rebounds and over 10 assists per game. He took the spotlight in the East away from LeBron and was the biggest star in the Cavs-Celtics series. I don't know if he will be able to lead the Celtics over the Lakers, but what i do know is that it will be a series for the ages.
Rajon "Spotlight Stealer" Rondo is a player to be reckoned with. How far he has come in the past few years is unreal.