Injuries are an inevitable part of the game of basketball. But rarely, if ever, do they factor into the NBA news cycle to such an extent as they did on this day.
Word of Pau Gasol's partially torn plantar fascia came to devastate the Los Angeles Lakers and shake up the landscape of the basketball world in the afternoon. Gasol's was surely the biggest injury-related item of the day.
But it was far from the last. A fistful of shorthanded squads took to the hardwood amidst the inherent intrigue and insanity that accompanies a 13-game slate. The Indiana Pacers pressed on without Danny Granger, as they have all season. The Boston Celtics sought to keep perfect their record in the wake of Rajon Rondo's torn ACL. The Miami Heat hosted the Houston Rockets while Chris Bosh took a sick day. Tim Duncan spent his evening resting sprains in his knee and ankle.
And the Los Angeles Clippers did their best to persevere through the annual onset of the "Clipper Curse" while Jamal Crawford joined Chris Paul and Blake Griffin on Vinny Del Negro's growing list of DNPs.
How did those teams fare in the absence of their stars? And what else went down on this first Wednesday of February?
Read on to find out...