The All-Star Game and all it's assorted hoopla is gone. For some, it was a weekend of dunks, shots and letter jackets while for most of the NBA, it was just some time off. Around the league, a lot of teams and players needed that time off desperately.
The NBA geared back into action on Tuesday, but at this stage of the season, how much does rest help? The way the NBA schedule works, with the All-Star Game slightly off-center and at the trade deadline, might help a bit more. Unlike the near-midpoint of the MLB All-Star Game or the rolling bye weeks of the NFL, it puts teams on even footing.
The break's benefits are tilted toward teams that are dealing with more injuries and fatigue. Teams that are star-driven should benefit, but so many of those didn't get the full value of the break because they played in the weekend's action in Houston. Teams that are older or lack depth also get a bit of a bump.
The real winners and losers of any break are usually only seen in retrospect. So now that we have games back and a real rush for playoff position ongoing, let's take a look around the league at the biggest names and most impactful injuries, slideshow style.
This one's for Jerry.