It only makes it worse to live without it
But lets talk about it
Oh, wouldn't it be nice
Almost all teams, save the few teams that are so bad that they know it, go into the season with high hopes. "If Players X and Y can stay healthy, this is the year we will go far" is a common phrase heard in early October from excited executives proud of the team they have put together.
Unfortunately, in the NBA, things do not often go as planned. Knees bump, shoulders pop, and feet break. And in one moment, all hopes for a team's season can be dashed. This is the cruel reality of a game in which the players continue to get bigger, faster, and stronger as the court stays the same size.
Some teams, such as the Pistons and Golden State, let injuries cripple them, while others, such as Portland and Houston, have fought tough injuries and continue to play respectably.
This can likely be traced to the coaches, as Golden State and Detroit have fairly weak coaches and Houston and Portland are blessed with two of the best in the business.
One note: To be eligible for this list, you must have missed, or are projected to miss, 15 games or more this season.