In stark contrast to March Madness' upsets galore, the unrelenting schedule that makes up the NBA postseason typically leads to the more talented teams prevailing.
Hot shooting or foul trouble can only take a lesser team so far. The old adage of bigger, stronger, faster generally shows its face a few times over the stretch of a seven game series.
But if there's one equalizer that can change a team's fate more than anything but a roster/coaching change, it's this: the injury bug.
Surely, some credit (minute though it may be) is due for the positive energy that an emotional end-of-the-bench player can bring. But teams don't want their star players' biggest contribution being emotional support, no matter how enthusiastic that support may be.
Basketball is a superstar sport in every sense of the word. Not all of the players on this list would be considered superstars by marketing standards, but a stretch run (or worse, postseason) absence of any of them would be a crushing blow for their respective clubs.