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The NBA Playoffs: The One Game Bump Theory

Published by on May 12, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NBA

Multiple times this post-season, we have seen teams play better when one of their starters is injured or gets suspended.

Dwight Howard gets suspended in Game Five of the Sixers series, and the Magic won easily on the road in Game Six. Derek Fisher was suspended after Game Two of the Houston series, and the Lakers won a big road game in Game Three. Rafer Alston was suspended after Game Two of the Celtics series, and the Magic won Game Three by a wide margin.

The latest example of this was with the Yao Ming injury. The Rockets lost their star center for Game Three, and demolished the Lakers in Game Four. While the suspensions were temporary, Ming’s in...

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