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NBA Stars John Wall, Damian Lillard and More Give Us Their Playoff Playlists

Members of the L.A. Clippers, Portland Trail Blazers and more show us what songs they're bumping to get ready for the most important games of the year

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    David Alvarez

    After an 82-game regular season, the NBA Playoffs are here at last. The contenders have been whittled down to eight teams from each conference and the stakes are higher than they've been all year. 

    Music is prevalent across all sports and it's a common ritual for players to have a pre-game playlist that gets them hyped to perform their best. But music has been tied into the NBA more than any other professional league, with elite players forming friendships with high-profile artists and plenty of music's top-selling acts being spotted at games.

    Since the season could be over for any team at any given moment, it's more important than ever for players to be tuned in. We asked players from six teams in this year's NBA Playoffs to clue us in on what they're listening to before gametime and outlined their selections for you in this list. 

    Click through to see what players like John Wall, DeMar DeRozan, Bradley Beal, DeAndre Jordan, Al Jefferson and many more are bumping on their nightly playlists. Check out the NBA Playoffs schedule to tune in, and let us know what you like to listen to when you want to get pumped up.

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    Los Angeles Clippers

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    Andrew D. Bernstein

    Representing the Los Angeles Clippers, we have big man DeAndre Jordan and shooting guard Jamal Crawford offering up their Playoff playlists. The Clippers finished as the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference bracket as Jordan averaged a double-double on the year and Crawford was an proficient double-digit scorer and three-point threat. 

    The teammates highlight Drake, Wiz Khalifa, Wale and Kendrick Lamar among other rappers on their selections, and Crawford was the only player to include Pharrell's super-hit "Happy" on his playlist. 

    DeAndre Jordan:
    1. Work Remix by ASAP Ferg 
    2. We Made It by Drake ft. Soulja Boy *
    3. Hit’em Up by Tupac
    4. We Them Boys by Wiz Khalifa *
    5. Big Baby Turn It Up by Glen Davis

    Jamal Crawford:
    1. Heavens Afternoon by Wale ft. Meek Millz
    2. Man of the Year by School Boy Q
    3. Don’t Kill My Vibe Remix by Kendrick Lamar/Jay Z
    4. Happy by Pharell
    5. Sky’s The Limit by Notorious B.I.G.

    * not available on Spotify

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    Portland Trail Blazers

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    Sam Forencich

    Damian Lillard was a force this season for the Trail Blazers, who took home the Western Conference's No. 5 seed. The second-year play averaged over 20 points and 5 assists per game while leading Portland to a 54-28 record. Meanwhile, reserve guard CJ McCollum averaged 5 points per game playing important minutes off the bench. 

    Lillard is one of many players who will be bumping Rich Homie Quan this post-season, and McCollum contributes to the love NBA players seem to have for Rick Ross. Lillard includes a surprise pick as well with Train's "Hey Soul Sister."

    Damian Lillard: 
    1. 400 Degreez by Juvenile 
    2. Hey Soul Sister by Train 
    3. Memories by Rich Homie Quan *
    4. Dead Presidents by J. Cole *
    5. Closer To My Dreams by Drake *

    CJ McCollum:
    1. Sanctified  by Rick Ross
    2. Holy Grail  - Jay-Z ft. Justin Timberlake
    3. Crooked Smile  by J. Cole ft. TLC
    4. Never End  by Future *
    5. Soul Tape 3  by Fabolous *

    * not available on Spotify

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    Golden State Warriors

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    Mike Lawrie

    Small forward Draymond Green and shooting guard Jordan Crawford combined to average over 17 points, 5 assists and 7 rebounds in helping the Golden State Warriors nab the West's No. 6 seed. They'll face off against the Clippers in the first round of the Playoffs. 

    Their playlists include familiar names like Drake and Rick Ross, but Green also throws in a few remixes from K Camp and Young Thug. 

    Draymond Green: 
    1. Money Baby (Remix) by K Camp 
    2. Danny Glover (Remix) by Young Thug  ft. Nicki Minaj 
    3. Sanctified by Rick Ross 
    4. No Thrillz by Jon Connor *
    5. Juugin by Wayne Nitty & L.E.G.Z. Diamond 

    Jordan Crawford:
    1. We Made It  by Drake ft. Soulja Boy *
    2. Blk and Wht   by Rick Ross
    3. Hurt No More  by Rich Homie Quan
    4. The Hope  by Fabolous ft. Jadakiss *
    5. Platinum Chanel  by Dom Kennedy

    * not available on Spotify

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    Toronto Raptors

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    Dave Sandford

    Toronto takes the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference into a matchup with the Brooklyn Nets. They're led in scoring by shooting guard DeMar DeRozan, who averaged over 22 points per game this year, while power forward Amir Johnson provides a force on the defensive end, averaging 1.5 blocks per game. 

    The teammates don't just get along on the court, though. They've got similar taste in music as well. Both chose to highlight Kendrick Lamar, Jay-Z and Drake on their Playoff playlists. 

    DeMar DeRozan: 
    1. Feeling It by Jay-Z *
    2. Nobody by Rick Ross ft. French Montana 
    3. Yay Yay by ScHoolboy Q 
    4. Compton by Kendrick Lamar ft. Dr. Dre 
    5. Dreams Money Can Buy by Drake *

    Amir Johnson:
    1. Money Trees by Kendrick Lamar
    2. Trophies by Drake
    3. Bitch, Don't Kill My Vibe Remix by Kendrick Lamar/Jay Z
    4. Intro (Dreams & Nightmares) by Meek Mill
    5. Knuck If You Buck by Crime Mob

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    Washington Wizards

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    Ned Dishman

    John Wall and Bradley Beal combine to form one of the best one-two guard combos in the NBA today. Wall runs the point and averaged over 19 points, 8 assists and 4 rebounds per game as one of the most versatile guards in the game, while Beal showed off his ability to score in a variety of ways in his second season en route to averaging more than 17 points per game. 

    The teammates also share a love for Rich Homie Quan, who they'll no doubt be bumping in the locker room as they attempt to help the No. 5 seed Washington Wizards get out of the first round against the Chicago Bulls.

    Bradley Beal: 
    1. Man of the Year by Rich Homie Quan 
    2. I Know by Yo Gotti ft. Rich Homie Quan 
    3. The Language by Drake 
    4. Danny Glover (Remix) by Young Thug  ft. Nicki Minaj * 
    5. War Ready by Rick Ross ft. Jeezy 

    John Wall: 
    1. Danny Glover (Remix) by Young Thug  ft. Nicki Minaj *
    2. Live That Life by Lil Durk *
    3. Bang Bros by Lil Durk *
    4. Make Me by Meek Mill *
    5. What Would You Do (WWYD) by Rich Homie Quan *

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    Charlotte Bobcats

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    Kevin C. Cox

    The Charlotte Bobcats surprised many by making the Playoffs this year, and they're led by veteran big man Al Jefferson. The 29-year-old center turned in one of the best seasons of his career, averaging a double-double 21.8 points and 10.8 rebounds per game. 

    Jefferson and second-year small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist face a tall task in the first round as the No. 7 seed in the East as the defending champion Miami Heat are looming. Jefferson will be bumping old-school tracks by Tupac and Biggie Smalls, while Kidd-Gilchrist throws in a curveball with Jay-Z and Linkin Park's "Numb/Encore" collab.

    Al Jefferson: 
    1. Oreo by R. Kelly *
    2. Now That We Found Love  by Heavy D & The Boyz  
    3. Hit’em Up  by Tupac *
    4. Hypnotize by Notorious B.I.G. 

    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist: 
    1. I Don't Want to Do Anything by Mary J. Blige  
    2. On to the Next One by Jay Z
    3. Miss Me by Drake ft. Lil Wayne  
    4. Numb/Encore  by Jay Z ft. Linkin Park

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