The biggest story throughout the NBA this playoff season has been how teams try to adjust after key injuries. Some of the game’s biggest stars have been hit by injuries as their team fights through an opening-round matchup.
According to NBA fans around the league, the most costly injury has been to Los Angeles Lakers’ star Anthony Davis. The big man was picked by 31 percent of fans, beating out Dallas Mavericks star Luka Dončić with 23 percent. Suns’ guard Chris Paul was picked by 10 percent of fans.
Note that this poll was taken very early this week, as Luka Doncic was grimacing for the cameras between every play and Anthony Davis was rolling around the Staples Center floor holding his groin, while Chris Paul was looking mostly recovered from the shoulder injury that cost the Suns games 2 and 3. He had just posted 18 points, 9 assists and 3 steals in Sunday’s Game 4 win.
While elimination games are obviously the most coffin-nailing game of a series, NBA fans believe a series can swing well before that. 43 percent of fans believe winning Game Four when down in the series 2-1 is the most crucial “must-win” game, beating out exclusively elimination games, which was picked by 36 percent of fans.
The Phoenix Suns won that Game 4 last Sunday in LA after going down 2-1, then they won on Tuesday and won again on Thursday in LA. And everyone gets to say what a great series it was.
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