NBA Playoff Predictions: How Would Top Teams Fare Without Their Star Players?

March 19th, 2011 by Jesse Dorsey Leave a reply »
Kobe Bryant nearly went down for a long time when he rolled his ankle in the Los Angeles Lakers' 96-91 win over the Dallas Mavericks last Saturday, and every Lakers fan in the world cringed as they saw him rolling around in pain on the ground.

He went down, but he came back in later in the game, and ended up with 16 points, but it made every basketball fan in America wonder what would happen to their team if their superstar went down with an injury at the worst possible time.

Just for fun, imagine if Kobe Bryant were to suddenly come up hobbling at the beginning of the playoffs, or if LeBron James or Dwyane Wade were to break a finger or strain a hammy?

How would their respective teams fare without their star players in the lineup? Could they survive a first-round series? Could they go even farther, or would they even be able to muster a fight?

It's a difficult thing to put an exact number on how many games a team could win without their star player, and it's even more difficult to think of how they would do in the playoffs without their best players.

So, here I went on to ponder the top eight teams in the league would react to ...

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