It's All-Star Week here in the Injury Report. Big names are falling faster than Kentucky in the NIT. With all the big stars coming up injured here toward the end of the season, we have to at least bring up the elephant in the room—rest.
Last year, with a compressed schedule, there was a lot of discussion about how players would wear down. I'm not sure what the excuse is for this year, but there seem to be a lot more fatigue-related injuries. Even something like an ankle sprain, especially when they come late in a game, can have a component that comes down to fatigue. A tired player makes slower decisions, reacts a beat slower and finds himself in situations where otherwise he would have the power or energy to get out of.
There are always going to be traumatic injuries, but the NBA isn't doing a very good job of managing the fatigue of its players. Even with Gregg Popovich and a few others openly resting players, we still don't have a very good concept of how to keep these players from crashing, how they recover, how they sleep plus several other important data points.
While there's been something of a statistical revolution in the NBA, there's still not much of a sports medicine or "big data" revolution. The team that gets there first will have a bigger advantage than a shot sheet. Let's take a look around the Association: