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Everyone Hurts: A Story About The NBA

February 20, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

The NBA has suffered a rash of significant injuries in the past week. Several big name players have been struck by God’s holy justice, and forced to watch as their teams languish without them (except the Suns).

In the fast several days, these players have been injured. See if you can figure out the trend.

Oh NOW Celtics fans want you to think injuries matter.

Oh NOW Celtics fans think injuries matter.

Boston: Kevin Garnett (out 2-3 weeks at least) suffered a strained MCL.
Dallas: Jason Terry (out indefinitely) is recovering from a surgically repaired hand.
Houston: Tracy McGrady (out for the season?) is likely done because of micro-fracture surgery on his left knee.
Indiana: Danny Granger (out 2-3 weeks) and Mike Dunleavy Jr. (possibly out for the season) are recovering from knee injuries.
LA Lakers: Andrew Bynum (out at least seven more weeks) is recovering from an MCL tear in his knee.
Orlando: Jameer Nelson (out for the year) is done after season-ending shoulder surgery.
Phoenix: Amar’e Stoudemire (out at least seven weeks) is out with eye surgery after getting poked in a game against the Clippers.
San Antonio: Manu Ginobili (2-3 weeks) is out after an injury to his right shin, unrelated to his previous foot trouble.
Utah Jazz: Carlos Boozer (out indefinitely) with a knee injury (though he could be back in a week or so).

What do all these teams have in common?  All are playoff teams and all are missing significant pieces for at least a few weeks and maybe the season. Just a bizarre set of circumstances in the Association.

The Lakers seem to be doing the best with their setback so far, going 9-1 since losing Bynum. It will be interesting to see how the Celtics respond to losing their emotional leader for a stretch, and the Suns, Jazz and Spurs will all have to chip in more to maintain their places in the Western Conference playoff race.

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