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Updated NBA Playoff Superstar Rankings: Who Stands Tallest in Round 2?
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The 2013 NBA playoffs have morphed into a war of attrition among the league's most prominent superstars.

Russell Westbrook is out on account of knee surgery suffered in his second postseason contest. David Lee went down with a hip injury in his first. Derrick Rose remains sidelined by his own ongoing recovery from a torn ACL, while the Chicago Bulls scrape by with a hobbled Joakim Noah and without Kirk Hinrich and Luol Deng. Dwyane Wade remains plagued by his bad knee, Tim Duncan can't seem to keep his food down and Amar'e Stoudemire is working his way back from yet another knee procedure.

And that's to say nothing of all the other big names (Kobe Bryant, Rajon Rondo, Danilo Gallinari, Joe Johnson, etc.) whose injuries contributed to their respective teams' first-round exits.

As such, you'd have an easier time winning a game of "Operation" than you would predicting who's healthy, who's not, and what that all means for each team from game to game—much less how the best of the best stack up against one another.

"Luckily" for you, we're foolhardy enough to tease out superstar power rankings from this mess, as you'll see.

 

Note: All stats, unless otherwise indicated, come from Basketball-Reference.com and are current through May 8. PER totals are from ESPN.

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