The 2023 NBA postseason has already been full of surprises.
Somehow, the Los Angeles Lakers finished with the seventh-best record in the West after starting the season 2-10, and they earned a playoff spot via the play-in tournament. The Cleveland Cavaliers are in the postseason without LeBron James for the first time since 1997-98. The Sacramento Kings snapped the longest playoff drought in NBA history. And, perhaps most notably of all, the No. 8 seed Miami Heat easily downed the No. 1 seed Milwaukee Bucks and have reached the conference finals for the third time in four seasons.
Needless to say, some squads already have plenty to celebrate -- and sometimes the festivities spill over onto the hardwood after a big play.
Here are some notable celebrations from the postseason.
Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals saw Butler use a classic celebration directed towards former Defensive Player of the Year Grant Williams.
Jimmy hit the "too small" on Grant Williams 😅 pic.twitter.com/y9kYKp0wzY— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) May 20, 2023
He completed the Hawks' comeback with 38 points and showed off his signature shiver.
SHIVER FOR THE WIN pic.twitter.com/AGQtfjE5iU— Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) April 26, 2023
Reaves scored 23 points in the Lakers' Game 1 upset of the Memphis Grizzlies, including 13 in the fourth quarter when the Grizzlies were threatening to come back.
After burying a clutch 3-pointer, Reaves let everyone in the arena know by yelling "I'm him!"
'I'M HIM"— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) April 16, 2023
Austin Reaves letting the world know 🗣 pic.twitter.com/9y15iGbAh0
VanVleet made four 3-pointers in the first half of Wednesday's play-in game, tying his most in any half this season.
Schroder appeared to complete the Lakers' comeback effort against the Minnesota Timberwolves with his tiebreaking 3-pointer on a pass from James with 1.4 seconds left in regulation of Tuesday's play-in tilt.
Luckily for the Lakers, they still came out on top, so Schroder and James' celebration still stands.