NBA: One Injury Away from Chaos
You never realize how important a player is to his team until he goes down for a few games. We’ve seen some key injuries this season to marquee players, leaving their respective teams running around with their head’s cut off. Let’s start of with Tracy McGrady. Sure the Rockets have Yao Ming and before this season started, I though it was Ming’s team. But after T-Mac went down for a few games because of his back, the Rockets found it hard to replace his 26-5-5 per game. Then you have the Cleveland Cavs, no major player other than Lebron James. What happens, the King goes down with a sprained finger, take away his 27-7-8 and bam, the Cavs drop their last 3. Now it’s the San Antonio Spurs’ turn. The reigning NBA Champs. Tim Duncan goes down with a sprained ankle and knee, probably the worst injury for a big man. Now the Spurs only played 1/2 a game without him and maintained their poise and pounded the Blazers. The real test will come when they face Dallas and Utah on Wednesday and Friday. While suffering the worst of the 3 injuries mentioned, the Spurs probably have the best chance to persevere, as their team has other starts that can drop 30 on a given night (i.e. Parker and Ginobli). You never know how much you need it until it’s gone. Imagine what would happen if the Laker lost Kobe? Dallas losing Dirk? Wade and the Heat (we already saw what happened)? Orlando and Dwight? Forget, don’t imagine it, it hurts too much.