It's amazing how much of a seismic impact one injury can have on the overall NBA landscape.
When Derrick Rose went down with a torn meniscus against the Portland Trail Blazers, an injury suffered on a non-contact play late in the third quarter with the score tied at 68, the Chicago Bulls watched their championship hopes and dreams go by the wayside. All of a sudden, their title odds plummeted, leaving the No. 3 spot in the Eastern Conference wide open.
The news was officially reported by K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune, and not a single NBA fan should have dry eyes upon hearing it. You'll hear more about the injury itself when you get to Chicago's slide.
It doesn't matter if you root for the Bulls or one of their rivals, as Rose was a likable, humble superstar who in no way deserves to endure a second big knee injury just a handful of games into his return campaign from the first.
This story didn't need to repeat.
So, how far down do his Bulls fall? Who takes their place behind the Indiana Pacers and Miami Heat?
Those are just a few of the questions tackled in this article.
On each slide, you'll see a record projection and a set of title odds. Don't make the mistake of thinking they're heavily correlated, as there's a big difference in the two numbers. A team can jump over many other squads with better projected records if it has more upside or a roster more suited for competing in the postseason.