Sunday, bloody Sunday. The NBA can only hope that's not the case.
Black Friday came a week early for the Association, but this one put a sad spin on the holiday. Long lines were seen at training tables, not retail outlets. Door-busting specials were replaced by potentially game-changing injuries.
Sunday will be one of the first chances to assess the damage. Derrick Rose, who missed all of 2012-13 with a torn ACL in his left knee, has a torn meniscus in his right knee, per an official team release. The Chicago Bulls are back to battling without their superstar leader.
If the basketball gods do any more damage, there may not be enough medical tape to go around.
But life, as they say, must go on. And Sunday's five-game slate is a welcome remedy for a wounded basketball world.
The Detroit Pistons take their oversized circus act under the Barclays Center big top. L.A.'s Staples Center plays host to a preseason NBA Finals pairing. Youthful athleticism is headed to both Orlando and Oklahoma City.
And did I mention the Los Angeles Lakers are on the docket?
All hoops is good hoops—even if the Empire State is testing that theory—and Sunday's five-game serving can't get started soon enough.
Detroit Pistons vs. Brooklyn Nets, 2 p.m. ET
Chicago Bulls vs. Los Angeles Clippers, 3:30 p.m. ET
Phoenix Suns vs. Orlando Magic, 6 p.m. ET (NBATV)
Utah Jazz vs. Oklahoma City Thunder, 7 p.m. ET
Sacramento Kings vs. Los Angeles Lakers, 9:30 p.m. ET