With an 82-game schedule compressed into a six-month period, injuries are inevitable in the NBA.
Players today are bigger and faster than ever, which puts more stress on their joints and ligaments, leading to various injuries.
Even worse, with the soft salary cap at least somewhat restraining roster construction, modern teams are less equipped than ever to replace games lost from injury. Almost every team contending for the playoffs is over the salary cap, meaning the only replacements they can sign are minimum-salary cast-offs.
Already, most of the major championship contenders are dealing with at least one significant injury. And as history tells us, a tweaked hamstring or a pulled groin at the wrong time can derail a title team.
Here are the 12 injury situations most likely to impact the NBA season going forward.
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