15 Huge Injuries In the NBA Playoffs That Killed The Team's Run

Anyone that is watching the NBA Playoffs knows a team can have their championship dreams squashed by one injury. The darling of the NBA, Stephen Curry, almost was one of those casualties when he injured his right ankle in Game 1 of the NBA playoffs against the Houston Rockets. After missing the series, he came back for the Western Conference Semi-Finals, and helped the Golden State Warriors defeat the Portland Trail Blazers in five games.

Hypothetically, if Curry missed the playoffs because of the injury, the Warriors chances of winning the championship would have drastically decreased. Two examples that actually did derail a team from the playoffs this season are the Los Angeles Clippers Chris Paul and Black Griffin. Both players left Game 4 of the first-round series against the Portland Trail Blazers because of injuries. Paul fractured his right hand and Griffen aggravated his quadriceps. The Clippers would lose the series.

As fans, we all have seen our favorite players go down with an injury. It hurts even more during an intense playoff series. We cry, get angry, and then use it as an excuse to why our team lost. Many of the players on here are legends in their own right, however, some are role players that still played an important part in their team’s success. Get ready to read some history and we do apologize if we cause any symptoms of depression when you come across your favorite team or player.

15 Kendrick Perkins


Playoff Series: 2010 NBA Finals vs Los Angeles Lakers

Injury: Knee in Game 6

14 Byron Scott


Playoff Series: 1989 NBA Finals vs Detroit Pistons

Injury: Pulled hamstring in practice

13 Kevin Love

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Playoff Series: 2015 Eastern Conference first round vs. Boston Celtics

Injury: Dislocated Shoulder in Game 4

12 Yao Ming


Playoff Series: 2009 Western Conference Semi-Finals vs Los Angeles Lakers

Injury: Fractured foot in Game 3

11 Patrick Ewing


Playoff Series: 1999 Eastern Conference Finals vs Indiana Pacers

Injury: Torn Achilles in Game 1

10 Russell Westbrook


Playoff Series: 2013 Western Conference first round vs. Houston Rockets

Injury: Torn meniscus in Game 2

9 Dirk Nowitzki


Playoff Series: 2003 Western Conference Finals vs San Antonio

Injury: Knee in Game 3

8 Derrick Rose


Playoff Series: 2012 Eastern Conference first round vs Philedelphia 76ers

Injury: Torn ACL in Game 1

7 John Havlicek


Playoff Series: 1973 Eastern Conference Finals vs New York Knicks

Injury: Torn right trapezius muscle in Game 3

6 Chris Webber


Playoff Series: 2003 Western Conference Semi-Finals vs. Dallas Mavericks

Injury: Torn ACL in Game 2

5 Kyrie Irving

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Playoff Series: 2015 NBA Finals vs. Golden State Warriors

Injury: Patella fracture in Game 1

4 Bill Walton


Playoff Series: 1978 Western Conference Semi-Finals vs Seattle Sonics

Injury: Broken foot in Game 2

3 Elgin Baylor


Playoff Series: 1965 Western Division Finals vs Baltimore Bullets

Injury: Knee in Game 1

2 Bill Russell


Playoff Series: 1958 NBA Finals vs St. Louis Hawks

Injury: Ankle sprain in Game 3

1 Earvin "Magic" Johnson


Playoff Series: 1989 NBA Finals vs Detroit Pistons

Injury: Pulled hamstring in Game 2

Magic absolutely stole the show when he helped the Los Angeles Lakers win the 1987 and ’88 NBA Finals. The Hall of Famer was primed for another title run in the 1988-89 season, averaging 22.5 points, 12.8 assists, and 7.9 rebounds that year. As noted with Byron Scott, the Lakers didn’t lose a single game during their run to the NBA Finals, but injuries would kill their dreams of a three-peat. After the loss of Scott before Game 1, Magic would pull his hamstring in Game 2 which ended his season. Isiah Thomas and the Detroit Pistons would sweep the Lakers and capture their first NBA title.

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