NBA Injuries That Ruinied Championship Dreams

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The NBA championships are an exciting time of year, but sometimes a player gets injured and hopes of taking home #1 quickly vanish. Here aer some of the most memorable.
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Magic Johnson and Byron Scott

Both of these superstars tore their hamstring during the 1989 playoffs, meaning their team did not take home the #1 spot that year.
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Karl Malone

When Malone hurt his knee during the 2003-2004 season, the L.A. Lakers gave up their championship for the year.
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Elgin Baylor

Back in 1965, Baylor injured his knee during the first game of the playoffs and was out for the rest of the season. The Lakers lost that year.
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Derrick Rose

During the postseason 2012, Rose was hurt for a sixth time, but the Bulls did not win the championship that year.
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Joe Johnson

Johnson hurt his eye playing for the Suns in 2005, and though he came back, the Suns weren’t able to pull out a championship win that year.
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Dirk Nowitzki

This Dallas Mavericks player sprained his knee during the 2003 playoffs and was sidelined for the rest of the year, costing him a championship ring.
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Yao Ming

Ming broke his foot during the 2009 playoffs, which meant Houston lost that year.
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Kendrick Perkins

Perkins tore both is MCL and PCL during a playoff game at the end of the 2010 season, ruining the Celtics chances of winning #1 that year.
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Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love

Love disloacted his shoulder and Irving fractured his kneecap, taking this dynamic duo out of the lineup for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
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Russell Westbrook

In the 2013 playoffs, Westbrook tore his meniscus and had to sit out. The Thunder couldn’t pull out the #1 spot that year.
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