(1) Andrei Kirilenko - After disappearing through the 1st few games of the Rockets series, AK-47 showed up in a big way in the last two games. Kirilenko was his usual active self on defense and even found time to hit his only three pointer of the series in the waning moments of Game 7 to give Utah the lead it would hold on to to oust Houston. But the Russian wasn't done. In game 1 against Golden State, Kirilenko stopped many a GS foray to the basket with his presence, not to mention his 7 game-altering blocks. In addition, he was nice to John Amaechi according to John's book, and probably helps disabled people in his spare time.
(2) Carlos Boozer - C Booz played and rebounded like a man amongst boys in the Jazz's final few outings against the Rockets, and followed up with an impressive and necessary 17 pt, 20 rebound outing against the smallish GS front court. Simply put, Carlos has put the Jazz on his back.
(3) Adrian Beltre - Beltre makes the list for a singular act - a go-ahead homer off Mariano Rivera last night to put an end to all this silliness of GOP Clemens's comeback. Alrighty Yanks, let's now go back to being in last place.