Rather than looking at individual players this week, there's 16 playoff teams that are in various states of health heading into the long NBA playoffs. It amounts to a second season in many ways, with compression in many cases as well as a possibility of long layoffs.
Some teams are coming in healthy, while other come in hobbled. Sports medicine can, at times, act as a kind of multiplier on a team's true talent. Being able to put the best possible team on the floor for the longest period of time is key in the regular season, but things shift in the playoffs. Time and talent compresses, and the NBA's clear preference for stars comes into clearer focus. It's how the league and the playoff format is designed to work.
It's clear who is most healthy, but underneath the simple knee sprains and hamstring strains, there's the less obvious issues of fatigue and maintenance. It's hard for the average fan to see how the hard work in the back room of NBA locker rooms pays off, but you're not an average fan, are you? NBA medical staffs are the duck's legs, paddling like crazy beneath the calm surface of the water.
So let's look around the Association as teams and athletic trainers make that last push to be healthy enough to win a ring: