For those of you who have been following the 2012 NBA Playoffs, times are tough for some teams. The Chicago Bulls could have seen their playoff chances go down the drain after losing Derrick Rose to a torn ACL with one minute left in Game 1.
However, Rose is not the only player who has been dealt with an injury in the early stages of the playoffs. His teammate Joakim Noah missed Game 4 of the Bulls' series against the 76ers due to a sprained left ankle. Noah is likely out for Game 5 as well. Other players who have been dealt with injuries thus far are Baron Davis and Iman Shumpert.
The injury to Joakim Noah was a big blow to the Chicago Bulls. As if things could get any worse. The Sixers took a 3-1 lead after Noah missed Game 4 due to a sprained left ankle. Noah stepped on Sixers guard Andre Iguodala in Game 3 and had to use crutches to leave Wells Fargo Center.
The forward out of Florida is a key piece to the Bulls whether it's attacking the boards or just providing energy. Noah is now likely out for Game 5.
Rookie Iman Shumpert had to undergo surgery after he tore his left ACL against the Miami Heat in Game 1. Shumpert is a bright player for the New York Knicks and his presence was missed in this series.
The Knicks reported that Shumpert is expected to miss 6-8 months. Watching this live was a scary moment for NBA fans. Shumpert's knee gave out while attempting a behind-the-back move.
This was possibly the biggest blow to the New York Knicks. Amar'e Stoudemire was clearly frustrated with the performance in the Game 2 loss to Miami.
Stoudemire took his frustrations out on a fire extinguisher and ended up cutting his hand. Stoudemire needed stitches and was unable to play in Game 3. One source said half of his hand was hanging off.
Baron Davis has been around the NBA for quite some time. The veteran has been able to provide a spark to many teams in the past. Davis now looks for hope to return to the NBA in general.
He is expected to miss about a year with a partial tear of the patella tendon in his right knee. Davis suffered the injury in Game 4 of the Knicks win over Miami. He was dribbling down the court when his knee appeared to buckle, forcing the 33-year-old to fall to the ground.
Davis, the fighter he is, left the court on a stretcher with a smile. There's no doubt he will be missed by the Knicks, especially with the loss of Jeremy Lin. Mike Bibby will have to step up at point guard.
Yes, Jeremy Lin has not played a playoff game. However, there's a slight chance he can play in Game 5 against the Miami Heat. Lin has a more expected return now than he did a week ago due to the loss of Baron Davis. Lin has not played a game since March 24.
We all remember the days of "Linsanity" a few months ago. We know what the guy from Harvard can do on a basketball court. But now, there is extra pressure on Lin to return to action after his knee surgery. Coach Mike Woodson said it will be up to the trainers and professionals to figure out if Lin is ready to go.
No loss has been bigger to a team than the loss of Derrick Rose. Rose was the leader of the Bulls throughout the season. Without Rose, you take a bunch of average players and put them on the court. Rose is the glue that held the Bulls together.
Right now it looks as if Rose's injury could be the reason the Bulls lose their first round series to the 76ers. Many people had the Bulls in the Eastern Conference Finals or heading to the Finals. When Rose got injured, many people were questioning if the Bulls can get out of the first round.
As of right now, the chances are slim.