2011 NBA Playoffs: Key Injuries to Watch for in Each First Round Playoff Series
The 2011 NBA Playoffs tip off this weekend, but many stars will be forced to watch from the sidelines in street clothes to start.
With the 2011 NBA Playoffs starting on Saturday afternoon, all 16 teams know that health is a key component of being able to win an NBA Championship.
Unfortunately, some of those teams may not be able to compete with a full roster, as many key injuries are forcing teams to regroup and strategize differently than normal.
With that being said, here is a look at some of the biggest injuries that every playoff team is facing this postseason:
Jason Collins (Center): Collins is questionable for game one against the Orlando Magic with an ankle injury. He has missed the final three games in the regular season.
Shaquille O'Neal (Center): O'Neal is questionable with a calf injury in game one against the New York Knicks. He worked out a bit before practice yesterday, so the team is hoping he can play.
Delonte West (Guard): West is probable for game one against the Knicks with an ankle injury.
Ronnie Brewer (Guard): Brewer is probable with a thumb injury for game one against the Indiana Pacers.
Caron Butler (Forward): Butler has been out since early in the season, and is expected to miss at least the entire first round against the Portland Trail Blazers.
Timofey Mozgov (Forward): Mozgov is doubtful for game one against the Oklahoma City Thunder with a knee injury.
Ty Lawson (Guard): Lawson is questionable with an ankle injury for game one against the Thunder, but is expected to play.
Nene (Center): Nene is questionable with a groin injury, but he expects to play in game one against the Thunder.
Los Angeles Lakers
Andrew Bynum (Center): Bynum is questionable with a knee injury for game one against the New Orleans Hornets. He was injured with a few games remaining, and has had knee problems in the past.
Steve Blake (Guard): Blake is doubtful for game one against the Hornets with an undisclosed illness.
Zach Randolph (Forward): Randolph is listed as questionable for game one against the San Antonio Spurs, but he fully expects to play with an elbow injury.
Tony Allen (Guard): Allen is questionable for game one against the Spurs with a knee injury, although he hopes to play.
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Udonis Haslem (Forward): Haslem has missed most of the season with a foot injury, and is listed as doubtful for game one against the Philadelphia 76ers.
New York Knicks
Shelden Williams (Forward): Williams is questionable with an ankle injury for game one against the Boston Celtics.
Gilbert Arenas (Guard): Arenas is probable with a knee injury against the Atlanta Hawks in game one.
J.J. Redick (Guard): Redick is questionable with an abdomen injury for game one against the Hawks. He is hoping to play.
Lou Williams (Guard): Williams is listed as probable with hamstring injury for game one against the Miami Heat, but he has missed some time recently.
Andre Iguodala (Forward): Iguodala is listed as probable with a knee injury for game one against the Heat.
San Antonio Spurs
Manu Ginobili (Guard): Ginobili is doubtful for game one against the Memphis Grizzlies with an elbow injury he suffered in the team's final regular season game. The team does not expect him to play.
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