10 Stars the NBA Can't Afford to Lose to Injury

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10 Stars the NBA Can't Afford to Lose to Injury
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This NBA season was particularly injury-plagued, as players worked their way back into shape and struggled through a grueling schedule that left them little time to recuperate. Fans saw players like Dwyane Wade, Derrick Rose, Rajon Rondo and Amar'e Stoudemire all miss significant time for injuries sustained out on the court.

More than a lot of leagues, the NBAis truly player-driven, and the higher the level of individual play, the better. When a star is injured, it can throw off not just the performance of his team, but also the balance of the other 29. One torn muscle can be the difference between walking home with the Larry O'Brien trophy and waiting for the sound of ping pong balls and the draft lottery.

Let's take a look at 10 players the NBA could not bear to lose in the immediate future...

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