Curse you, NBA playoff injury bug. Why do you put on such a glorious display with your lowly presence and wretchedness?
I’ll be out on bail before actually starting this Shakespearean game, but it’s disappointing that these NBA playoffs are picking up injuries less than a week from the first round. Going into Game 1 on Saturday, the playoffs began without Robert “Time Lord” Williams, Ben Simmons and Luka Dončić. With the Boston Celtics having a clear advantage over the Brooklyn Nets, and the Dallas Mavericks winning without their star and ending their streak 1-1, it looks like those players could turn return to the field and the injury will cause minimal damage to the NBA Playoffs.
Then came Tuesday and Wednesday, and the late game saw key players for the serious championship contenders go down. On Tuesday night, Devin Booker was hurt during his 125-117 loss to first seed Phoenix Suns to eighth seed New Orleans Pelicans. Today, Brian Windhorst of ESPN report Booker could miss 2-3 weeks of action. On Wednesday, 3rd seed Milwaukee Bucks not only lost 114-110 When it came to sixth seed the Chicago Bulls, they also lost their second-best player, Khris Middleton, to a sprained MCL.
The Suns can still get past the Pelicans, provided Chris Paul and the rest of the team avoid injuries in the first leg. However, the Bucks beat their all-star scorer and one of the long-players, performing well, turned that defense into an aggressive one. They are engaged in a battle against the Bulls, who have two players with long all-star circumferences capable of putting up huge numbers.
Even if last year’s tournament champions make it through to the first round, both could face teams whose health will improve while their health is still declining. Williams could return to the second round if the Celtics win, and if the Nets recover from the 2-0 defeat, Simmons is likely to play. If the Mavericks get Dončić back soon, they will win, otherwise the non-German Suns will face Jazz in the second round with Rudy Gobert, Donovan Mitchell and Mike Conley Jr.
Year after year, we can’t get teams into the NBA Playoffs at full capacity. Earlier this season, Kawhi Leonard and Jamal Murray brought ACL to tears from last year. Then, for the Nuggets, one of their worst fears came true when Michael Porter Jr needed back surgery for the third time after signing a contract extension with rookie max for him. . That leaves the Los Angeles Clippers out of the knockout stages, and Nikola Jokić’s historic stats season could be knocked out of the knockout stages by the slowly healthier Golden State Warriors.
For the last three seasons, the Warriors have been saddled with the brunt of injury misfortune since Kevin Durant hit the second round of the 2018 playoffs. Last season, the Los Angeles Lakers spent their entire season just hanging around the seed. 2, and injuries to LeBron James and Anthony Davis forced them into the play-ins, and the first series against the team that would eventually go on to be Numbers. Seed 2, Sun. James is not at full strength, Davis is down, Paul will go down, and then fight through injury to get back up as the Suns win a six-game streak in what should have been a great game. Second half suitable.
The Nets lost damn Harden and Irving near the time of their highly anticipated second-round series against the Bucks last year. The Bucks won and will face the Atlanta Hawks in the most climate-proof Eastern Conference finals of all time, after Giannis Antetokounmpo and Trae Young both missed the final two games of that series.
Can basketball fans take a break? We slogan through regular load management this season and so many Lakers and Knicks games on national television, to the knockouts as to which team can fend for itself with an ice cream cone. and Elmer’s Glue long enough to make it through two months, Dash 400 meters to the title.
I know injuries and other weird things happen every post-season, Tom Haberstroh Written in 2020 how every NBA Champion should be marked with an asterisk even though some of his points are hilarious. But the past two seasons have been terrible, with stars regularly falling because now there is a chance for the Suns vs. Jazz due to Dončić injury during the match The last game of the regular season, and it will be played without Booker.
Perhaps every team’s three best players should be placed in super rooms when they go on tour from now on. Something has been done. All the modern science and load management are available, and we as a society cannot keep NBA players on the field from April to June. Shakespeare at the age of 15.