Crucial Injuries Swaying the 2013 NBA Playoff Race

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Crucial Injuries Swaying the 2013 NBA Playoff Race
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The NBA playoffs tip off this weekend, and with the playoff picture nearly set in stone, we're all starting to realize what a bummer injuries have made the end of the season.

Obviously the biggest news of the past week has been that Kobe Bryant will miss the remainder of the season and a chunk of the next one with a torn Achilles tendon, giving the Los Angeles Lakers a bit of a disadvantage if they end up making the playoffs.

That's been the story of the season, however, as nearly half of the presumed playoff field is going to be without a player for the duration of the playoffs, while at least half will be somewhat hobbled coming in.

Chicago continues to wonder about Derrick Rose, Boston is missing a few players and the league as a whole has been defined this season by a wealth of injured knees, ankles, feet, shoulders, fingers and toes.

Some teams have been affected more than others, but the biggest victims seem to be the fans, as some of our favorite players will be sitting on the bench for the playoffs.

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