Competition is more cutthroat at this point, with superstars going no-nonsense mode to lead their respective teams to the Promised Land.
There are times though, when some of these players turn in dumbfounding moments that make us question their postseason drive. These are sequences we wish would not, in any way, reflect our basketball heroes' pursuit of this season's Larry O'Brien NBA Championship Trophy:
Top comment: "LeBron thinks he plays for the Warriors lol"
Maybe LeBron James dreamt of the Cleveland Cavaliers opening its first round matchup with a 106-101 win over the Detroit Pistons the night before. Still, it was a cringe-worthy sight at that moment, one that could rival Swaggy P's infamous turnaround three triumph.
Keep on dancing, Russ
Top comment: "mavs couldnt even win that matchup"
Russell Westbrook wasn't having any of a couple of Dallas Mavericks, Charlie Villanueva and Justin Anderson, seemingly trying to disrupt his intense pre-game dance routine with teammate Cameron Payne.
Deandre Jordan taking a free throw
Top comment: "He was spending his offseason locked in his house"
Notice how this item didn't even need a clever caption to come off as amusing. In the end though, Jordan finished with a respectable (to his standards) 8-18 from the line and redeemed himself with a double-double (18 points, 12 rebounds) along with four blocked shots to help the Los Angeles Clippers take a one-game over the Portland Trail Blazers, 115-95.