Only Monday's Game 7 between the Wizards and Celtics remains of the second round of the NBA playoffs, and since we're essentially on to the conference finals now, it's time to revisit our initial rankings of the league's best players to this point of the postseason.
Only a couple of new players cracked the list, but the rankings have been shuffled somewhat significantly.
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Joe Johnson, SF, Utah Jazz
Johnson didn't do a whole lot as his Jazz were swept by the Warriors in the second round, but they wouldn't have gotten there without him.
When food poisoning forced Gordon Hayward to bow out of Game 4 against the Clippers after only nine minutes of action, the 35-year-old stepped up to score 28 points on 12-of-17 shooting in 35 minutes off the bench to even the series at two games apiece.
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Chris Paul, PG, L.A. Clippers
The Clippers suffered yet another early exit from the postseason, but Paul is the last person who should receive any blame. He averaged 25.3 points, 5.0 rebounds and 9.9 assists in 37.1 minutes per game against the Jazz in a first-round series L.A. was able to push to seven games, even with Blake Griffin sidelined due to injury.
Paul George, SF, Indiana Pacers
As a team, the Pacers were no match for the Cavaliers in the first round of the playoffs. But George's individual performance was as good as any we've seen this postseason.
He averaged 28 points, 8.8 rebounds and 7.3 assists in 43 minutes per game as his team was swept by the Cavs.
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Al Horford, C, Boston Celtics
Horford cracks the list thanks to his incredibly consistent performance in the second round against the Wizards. He has two games of at least 20 points, one game with 12 rebounds and one game with 10 assists, all while shooting 68.9 percent from the field through the first six games of the series.
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James Harden, PG, Houston Rockets
The way Harden exited the playoffs affects his ranking, but we're not going to pretend that he didn't have an incredible postseason overall. Harden averaged 33.2 points and seven assists in the first round against fellow MVP candidate Russell Westbrook and had 33 points and 10 assists before running out of gas in Game 6 against the Spurs. We'll leave Game 7 out of this.
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John Wall, PG, Washington Wizards
Wall's game-winner in Game 6 will go down as one of the more iconic shots in D.C. basketball history, even if Washington ends up losing Monday's Game 7 in Boston. But it's funny how legacies work.
Wall was just 9-of-25 from the field in that one, and he would have been crushed for his poor shooting performance had the Celtics eliminated the Wizards in six. Instead, we look at the totality of his playoff performance, and see two games of at least 32 points, two more with at least 40, and an average of 10.3 assists in 12 postseason contests.
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Russell Westbrook, PG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Westbrook's postseason tear made his regular season seem tame by comparison, and that's really saying something. It translated into only one win in five playoff games, but Westbrook's averages of 37.4 points, 11.6 rebounds and 10.8 assists were impressive nonetheless.
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Kevin Durant, SF, Golden State Warriors
KD didn't make our first list because he sat out two of his team's four first-round games. But he's proving to be increasingly valuable now that he's back in the fold.
Durant had a 38-point, 13-rebound outburst in Game 3 against Utah and helped secure the Game 1 win in the conference finals over the Spurs by scoring 12 of his 34 points in the fourth quarter when his team neeed him the most.
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Isaiah Thomas, PG, Boston Celtics
The whole "dressed for a funeral" thing the Celtics pulled in Game 6 against the Wizards seemed really weird considering the fact that Thomas had to go through a very painful and real funeral for his 22-year-old sister earlier in the postseason. But the fact that he's been able to put it past him and perform at such a high level is partially what earned him such a high spot on our list.
Thomas has averaged 27.2 points and 6.3 assists in his team's second-round series against the Wizards, has scored 33 points three separate times this postseason and dropped 53 on Washington in Game 2 of the series in what can only be described as an epic performance.
Kawhi Leonard, SF, San Antonio Spurs
Yes, the Spurs beat the Rockets in overtime of Game 5 with Leonard on the bench, and they blew out Houston on their home floor in Game 6 with Leonard out of action entirely. But there's no denying how important he is to his team's chances, and Sunday's Game 1 loss to the Warriors couldn't have demonstrated that any more perfectly.
Leonard had 26 points on 7-of-13 shooting, and his team had built a 23-point third-quarter lead on the road midway through the third quarter.
But then Leonard re-injured his ankle and left the game for good, and all was immediately lost. Golden State went on an 18-0 run the moment he was out and came back to win a game that should have almost certainly gone into the win column for the Spurs.
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Stephen Curry, PG, Golden State Warriors
The current iteration of the Warriors operates at its best when Curry is the primary destroyer offensively, and that's exactly what we saw in Sunday's Game 1 win over the Spurs.
Curry scored 19 of his game-high 40 in the third quarter, then let Durant do the damage in the fourth after he had brought his team back from the brink. Curry also averaged 29.8 points in his team's first round sweep of the Blazers, while Durant sat out two of those contests due to injury.
James is averaging 34.4 points, nine rebounds and 7.1 assists in a ridiculous 42.4 minutes per game so far this postseason. His Cavaliers are off to an 8-0 start, though, and minutes aren't a concern when he has nine days between on-court appearances as Cleveland awaits the winner of a Celtics-Wizards series that's taking all seven games to be decided.