Injuries are an unfortunate fact of life in the world of sports. The NBA is anything but immune to this reality.
As one might expect from a league that features giants with superhuman speed and athleticism flying up and down wooden courts (and into each other) for 30 to 40 minutes a night, 82 times a year.
The wear and tear of a long and grueling regular season has emerged in full force with the calendar's turn from March to April. Nearly every team in either conference's playoff picture is dealing with a significant injury to one key player or another, with but two weeks left on the schedule before the games really start to mean something.
I'm not talking about injuries like those to the knees of Derrick Rose and Danny Granger, either. The Chicago Bulls and the Indiana Pacers have spent the vast majority of the current campaign operating under the assumption that their respective All-Stars wouldn't be healthy enough to help them.
Rather, I'm referring to setbacks, like those encountered by these seven stars, that have emerged in recent weeks to cast doubt on the hopes and dreams of the teams in question.