Injuries always play a factor into which team eventually wins the championship.
In every sport, a lot of the time it may not be the best team that wins the championship, but the healthiest team.
The Chicago Bears looked like a serious playoff contender this recent football season until Jay Cutler went down with an injury that kept him from playing the rest of the season. Because of Cutler's injury, the Bears faded down the stretch and missed the playoffs. Who knows how far the Bears could have gone had Cutler been healthy.
Two years ago, the Los Angeles Lakers may not have beaten the Boston Celtics in the NBA Finals had Kendrick Perkins been healthy for the last two games.
There are too many examples to point to about how detrimental injuries can be for a team's chance at winning a championship.
Injuries are part of the game. Overcoming those injuries is half the challenge.
NBA teams can only carry 12 guys on their active, ready-to-play roster. When injuries happen, they're crucial.
When key players go down with injuries, like Chauncey Billups recently, it's tough to replace that kind of production.
The lockout shortened season hasn't done the players any favors health-wise. With teams playing so many games in such a short time, key players are going down left and right.
There's little time for injured players to get healthy.
Here's a list of seven injuries that will matter most come NBA Playoffs: