Friday night was a dark time for NBA contenders.
Three—count 'em, three—teams that won a playoff series last year lost key contributors to injury. And we're not talking about scrubs here: Derrick Rose, Marc Gasol and Andre Iguodala. Those are three All-Stars. All three of those teams lost, by the way.
While the Brooklyn Nets didn't lose any more players to the injury bug, they might not even count as "contenders" anymore. They embarrassed themselves on the court, losing to the Timberwolves by 30.
On this night, it was better to be a team like the Pelicans and 76ers, two teams that continue to surprise.
Let's get to it!