8 NBA Players Who Make the Playoffs Worth Watching

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The first two days of festivities are in the books, with each first-round matchup in the 2014 NBA Playoffs officially entering the past tense and making the transition to “already played.” This is awesome, because for the next month and a half, the National Basketball Association is going to plaid. Or, at least, into the intensity of a “win or go home” scenario that is markedly missing during the end of the regular season.

All that said, there are some players who are remarkably good at performing when the pressure’s highest (viva Robert Horry!), and each new iteration of the playoffs creates new opportunities for reputations to be bolstered or tarnished, depending on how well a player adjusts to the challenge. DeMar DeRozan, of the Toronto Raptors, had a really bad night in his first postseason game, going 3-13. That’s not awesome, and clearly the Raptors need him to play better in the future — they lost, obviously.

There are other players, though, that put on performances that bring to light the fact that basketball is a pretty awesome spectacle beyond the sport and beyond the scoreboard. The ones that make what is an absurd athletic feat look as natural and as easy as breathing. Here are eight of those players.

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