The Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks join a host of banged-up NBA teams this season. Like those two teams, some squads are handling their injuries better (Knicks) than others (Lakers).
Some squads have found their season over before it began, while others are awaiting player returns so their season can truly begin.
Some injured teams haven’t missed a beat and will be even more fearsome when fully staffed.
Other teams are just struggling through their injuries, maybe to eventually find themselves right where they were supposed to be—nursing a playoff berth.
Sportsonearth.com's Shaun Powell hit it on the head:
You could create an All-Star or championship team with the half-dozen or so major players sitting out with injuries. ... Dirk Nowitzki, Ricky Rubio, Derrick Rose, Andrew Bynum, Steve Nash, Danny Granger and Amar’e Stoudemire [and Kyrie Irving].
It’s typical NBA fare, really. Injuries are a part of the game, a part of every season and a part of basketball history.
Injuries shape teams’ destinies and affect the outcome of the season overall, and 2012-13 is no exception.