Injuries are a reality of the NBA, but amid a heavily compacted schedule, their effect has never been more prevalent.
Anytime a key player suffers an injury, it's a major obstacle for their organization to overcome, but in a shortened season, setbacks of that magnitude run a greater risk of ruining the entire season.
Every game counts more than usual toward the season's outcome this year, and while this makes for exciting basketball, it puts those teams who have an injury-prone star in greater peril than others.
It's tough enough to recover from a key injury, but even more difficult to do so when their absence becomes a higher percentage of the season's games.
Whether an organization with an oft-injured star has already experienced the ill effects of such an occurrence or not, there are numerous health statuses that are disasters waiting to happen.