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Watch Kyrie Irving and Iman Shumpert Take the ‘Running Man Challenge’

NBA Playoffs have become infected with the latest viral dance craze – anything that gets ‘My Boo’ back out there is OK with us

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Iman Shumpert and Kyrie Irving get infected by a viral craze.

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The NBA Playoffs are excellent for innumerable reasons, least among them being the dancing – unless you’re Charlie Villanueva.

So it was inevitable that “The Running Man Challenge,” a viral sensation in which players put their own spin on the dance to Ghost Town DJ’s (truly excellent) 1996 hit “My Boo,” would somehow find a way into the postseason. It began in the college game, got picked up by the cops, then made the leap to the NBA courtesy of the Miami Heat’s Justise Winslow.

Now, the Cleveland Cavaliers – the top team in the Eastern Conference – have been infected with “Running Man” fever.

After sweeping past the Detroit Pistons in the opening round of the Playoffs, the Cavs had plenty of time to wait for the winner of the Atlanta Hawks/Boston Celtics series (the Birds finally put away the guys in green last night). And they’ve been keeping loose by holding impromptu dance-offs at practice.

In a new video shot by one of the team’s broadcasters, the Cavs’ Kyrie Irving and Iman Shumpert take the Challenge – props to Uncle Drew for the artistic elbow pad toss – and if the NBA awarded the Larry O’Brien Trophy to the best dancers in the league, well, congrats Cleveland, on finally ending your championship drought!

Now those are some smooth moves. Oh, and if you’re wondering why LeBron James isn’t dancing – well, it turns out he’s already done his part to advance the craze.

Ah, the NBA. Where amazing happens.

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