The story of the 2013 NBA playoffs so far has been comebacks.
Whether it's the Celtics coming back "Boston Strong" to force a Game 6 against the Knicks at TD Garden or the Grizzlies fighting back against the Clippers, there have been a lot of series that have gone much deeper than expected. And it's all been without some of the best players being available, like Rajon Rondo, Russell Westbrook and Jeremy Lin.
Injuries are often thought of as "part of the game" and able to be overcome by luck, machismo or depth. To me, it's an affront and a lesson.
We'll never eliminate injuries, even for the most forward-thinking teams, but as my friend Aaron Schatz of Football Outsiders once taught me, "The best is the enemy of the better." The fact that Russell Westbrook got bumped or that Kobe Bryant's tendon gave out at that particular point can't be helped.
That we can't prevent all injuries doesn't mean we shouldn't try to prevent some injuries.
With a number of players fighting through pain in the hope of returning to the court and contributing, another type of comeback could end up the story of the next few games and the next round.
Let's take a look around the Association...