The playoffs don't stop the injuries, as players like Kevin Garnett and Jeremy Lin are learning. It's common sense—more games mean more chances to get injured and more time to be worn down. Then again, it is more time and that means a player like Amare Stoudamire gets a few more days to heal up and maybe get back for the next round.
That means the medical staffs are working hard, perhaps even harder since a playoff share is a much bigger deal to them than the multi-million dollar guys. Yes, playoff bonuses are one of the things that everyone looks forward to and while they'll never admit it, it's a motivator.
Work gets tougher inside the playoffs due to the uncertain schedule. Days off are mixed, the schedule can get compressed but with a quick series or even a sweep, teams worry about keeping themselves sharp, which can lead to injuries from change in usage or even practice injuries if they get a bit spirited. Yes, the playoffs add to the uncertainties a medical staff deals with the rest of the season.
As the NBA continues to look for some competitive series and the teams push towards the next round, let's take a look around the Association at the injuries affecting the results: