There's several things I'd like to address, but for now I'm focussing on two points you raised:
Originally Posted by DDaring
Garbajosa suffered his injury March 26, 2007. After that the Raptors
finished the season 9-2 in their last 11 games.
9-3 but close enough.
However, this requires some context, since you seem to be implying his loss didn't hurt the team. You can't say that. In fact, I'd argue that that particular stretch of games was a fools gold. Why? Let's look at the wins.
Miami - Wade didn't play.
Wash - decent win that required overtime
Charlotte - 33 wins, well below .500
Orlando - below .500 that year
Philly - 35 wins, well below .500
Chicago - a quality win
Minny - 32 wins, well below .500 that year
Det - Billups didn't play. Not only that, but Wallace, Hamilton, and Prince played fewer than 30 minutes. Wallace didn't even play 20. Detroit was resting players.
New York - 32 wins, well below .500 that year
In context, that stretch of wins is not impressive. In my opinion, it says nothing about them being a better team, or as good a team, as they would have been if they had Garbo.
Now for the next thing I want to address. I looked up the answer to one of your earlier questions:
How often does the 6th seed beat the 3rd seed?
Fairly often. I went back and looked at the past 10 years.
2001 - Charlotte beat Miami
2003 - Boston beat Indiana (also, the other 6 seed, Portland, took Dallas to 7 games. And Orlando, an 8 seed, took Detroit to 7).
2005 - Indiana beat Boston (returned the favour from two years earlier)
2006 - Clippers beat Denver
2007 - New jersey
beat Toronto - see, already not that
extraordinary (Also, 8 seed Golden State won that year, too)
2009 - Dallas beat San Antonio
2010 - 7 seed San Antonio beats Dallas (I know, I know, not a 6 seed