Soldier VII
Image via @geminikeez

It's that time of the year again: the NBA Playoffs tip off today at 12:30 as the Toronto Raptors host the Brooklyn Nets. If you're not already feeling the postseason buzz, this week's gallery of the best Instagram images is sure to get you in the zone for some weekend hoops.

That's not all, because the Boston Marathon is set for Monday morning and there's no shortage of festive pre-race 'Grams. From special edition kicks to touching tributes, these shots embody what the marathon is all about.

Riley Jones is a freelance writer from Charlottesville, VA and a contributor to Sneaker Report. With an unshakable affinity for basketball and all things pop culture, he can be found on Twitter @rchrstphr.

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Marathon
Image via @heather_runs74

"Corporate 5k run in downtown Orlando! I didn't run this race tonight because I'm running Boston in 4 days. I did go and cheer on my awesome friends!"

@heather_runs74

Go out and support your runner friends!

Image via @geokthree
Image via @geokthree

"Tomorrow. Inside the Sacramento Kings' locker rooms, Part II."

@geokthree

Isaiah's PEs

Jackie Robinson Day
Image via @geminikeez

"Jackie Robinson Day Salute"

@geminikeez

Tribute to a pioneer

Finishline
Image via @cpsilakis

"#finishline #boston #bostonig #bostonstrong"

@cpsilakis

The end of the road

Dante Exum
Image via @adidashoops

"Danté Exum (@daanteee) laced up his first official pair of shoes as a member of the adidas Basketball family today. #teamadidas"

@adidashoops

Newest member of the Three Stripes

Citifield
Image via @mlb

"Citi Field of dreams"

@mlb

Game day

Cake
Image via @alessandra317

"@callie913 putting the finishing touches on our #bostonmarathon cake for @pppayack. Go Pete! #bostonstrong"

@alessandra317

Have your cake and eat it too

Boston Shoes
Image via @_the_weeping_angel

"#bostonstrong #boston #bostonmarathon"

@_the_weeping_angel

Stronger than ever

Boston Saucony
Image via @guamrunner

"Off to Boston with my limited-edition Saucony Boston Kinvara5."

@guamrunner

Lace 'em up

Energy Boost
Image via @modernnotoriety

"The new adidas #Boost from @finishline is definitely part of #TeamCozy"

@modernnotoriety

Get boosted

AJ11
Image via @imgerald

"Air Jordan 11 ... Deconstructed"

@imgerald

Started from the bottom

Soldier VII
Image via @geminikeez

"New York Knicks G Toure' Murry game shoe vs Brooklyn Nets last night at Barclays Center @wushock23"

@geminikeez

Lock down fit

Boston NB
Image via @newbalance

"Spring is in the air, race day is almost here & the Limited Edition Boston 890v4 is almost sold out on NewBalance.com! #LoveBoston"

@newbalance

Boston green

Boston Beer
Image via @preppingparties

"Downloadable Boston Marathon bottle wrappers are available on the blog! Link in profile. #bostonmarathon #patriotsday #ontheblog #bostonstrong @makeitmerryshop"

@preppingparties

Marathon brews

Team
Image via @jumpman23

"Rivals through competition. Family through basketball. #TakeFlightJBC"

@jumpman23

Kicks on court

Behind the Scenes
Image via @finishline

"#BTS with @jlin7 @patbev21 @dwighthoward @omricasspi18 @donatasmotiejunas #teamadidas"

@finishline

Chopping it up off court

Skate
Image via @transworldskate

"In preparation of our Minneapolis #TWSCUT stop we've got a #ProofSheet up with Twin Cities photog Alex Uncapher @slamdunkapher Peep gems like this #RyanYost backside flip & more! @familiask8shop"

@transworldskate

Fly in any weather

Puma Evo
Image via @soccercleats101

"Online pics really havent done these boots justice! Very excited to check out the new Leather #Puma evoPOWER. Blackout color is an absolute bonus!!! #SoccerCleats101 #boots #evopower #black"

@soccercleats101

All black everything

Image via @runninmamasrunway
Image via @runninmamasrunway

"NO STOPPING MONDAY!!! @bostonmarathon"

@runninmamasrunway

Follow the signs

NB Boston
Image via @bostontweet

"Awesome #LoveBoston running shoes from @NewBalance."

@bostontweet

Up close and personal

Saucony Mirage 3
Image via @paceofme

"Post-run driveway greetings are the best. Easy 6 before taking off for Boston today. REALLY going to miss my babies, but Mama's got a race to run! #motherrunner #findyourstrong @saucony"

@paceofme

Go mom go!

Mark Smith XX9
Image via @sneakernews

"Mark Smith's Air Jordan XX9 PE."

@sneakernews

Bossed up

Marathon Prep
Image via @hannahmcgold

"We LOVED going to @novemberproject to kick off #BostonMarathon weekend"

@hannahmcgold

These ladies (and gentlemen) are ready to go

Riley Jones is a freelance writer from Charlottesville, VA and a contributor to Sneaker Report. With an unshakable affinity for basketball and all things pop culture, he can be found on Twitter @rchrstphr.

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