There are just a handful of games left on the long NBA calendar. Teams are fighting for position or playing out the string, but many of the teams are starting to plan a bit ahead. Some are resting players for the playoffs. Some are trying to figure out how much they can get out of their limited players. Others are already thinking ahead to next year.
There's never a time that the medical staffs around the league really get a chance to rest. Everything is forward looking while having to make time for the reactive time that every team will need for those traumatic injuries.
The patterns are almost fully developed and one of the most interesting is that injuries are up slightly. It's enough to wonder if it's just noise or luck, but comparing a full season, with the normal rest and prep time, to last season's compressed but shorter schedule is interesting. It's one I know the league is taking a close look at to see whether there's a better way to get players through the season.
Big players on the bench is good for no one, especially the fans, and as we see more and more chronic and degenerative issues happening earlier in careers, the NBA is face by a major challenge. Ticket sales and TV money are predicated by stars doing their amazing things on the floor, not being a fashion show on the bench. In that regard, this season has been something of a failure.
Let's take a look at the injuries around the Association: