Whenever an NBA team loses its star player to injury, the fans immediately go into freakout mode. This is understandable, seeing as how said player is almost always the reason for the team's success. However, what really separates the truly great teams from the simply good is how the rest of the players react to the sudden absence of their star.
In the NBA, the story of the preseason was how the Chicago Bulls would fare without point guard Derrick Rose (pictured), who tore knee ligaments in his team's first playoff game last season. Sure enough, the Bulls did not make it out of the first round. However, Chicago has played better than anticipated and remains in the hunt for the top of the Central Division.
Other teams have not been so lucky. Younger squads like the Toronto Raptors and Washington Wizards have also been dealing with injuries to key players, but do not have the depth nor the experience to overcome them.
Looking at the teams playing without some key players, it's starting to become clear which squads are going to go far while others fall short.