When Danilo Gallinari's left knee gave out, it may have taken the Denver Nuggets' playoff hopes right along with it.
But Gallinari's gruesome injury certainly isn't the only instance of a big-name player's body failing him this season. And the Nuggets aren't the first club to see their postseason dreams dashed because of rotten luck in the health department.
Denver is still a sure playoff team, as will be the case with the majority of the other teams we discuss here. But Gallo's torn ACL turned the volume way down on the Nuggets' chances to make any noise this spring.
Some clubs, like the Chicago Bulls, have played the whole season with dampened expectations because injuries to stars like Derrick Rose have put something of a ceiling on their potential playoff success. Others, like the Los Angeles Lakers, have seen nagging maladies pile up at an alarming rate, sapping the strength from what might otherwise have been a highly potent lineup.
Injuries are part of the game, and significant ones to valuable players (or, in the case of Rose and the Bulls, Most Valuable Players) are inevitable. But neither of those truisms take the sting out of watching a star go down.
Here's a rundown of some of the teams whose playoff hopes are being shattered by injuries.