PER Diem: April 22, 2009

Three improvements to help keep three superstars from falling into a two-game hole

Originally Published: April 16, 2009
By John Hollinger | ESPN.com

The NBA has always been about stars, especially in the playoffs. But tonight, three of the league's biggest stars find their teams in serious trouble. Dwight Howard, Dwyane Wade and Chris Paul were no-brainer picks for three of the top five spots on virtually everyone's MVP ballot, but each enters Game 2 in a near must-win situation with his team down 1-0.

While comebacks from 2-0 deficits have happened, they're pretty rare: In best-of-seven series, only 14 teams have come back from ...

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