But Irving can take hope if he studies previous NBA Finals, because there have been several notable occasions when a player has overcome an injury or illness to give a great performance or spur his team to victory. A look:
1949 BAA Finals, Minneapolis vs. Washington, Games 5-6. Minneapolis Lakers center
1970 NBA Finals, New York vs. Lakers, Game 7.
1988 NBA Finals, Detroit vs. Lakers, Game 6.