Why is it that injuries are worse than ever in these NBA playoffs? It's a good thing Gregg Popovich was coach of the year, because it looks like the rest of these coaches have sacrificed their teams for playoff positioning.
I'm just more than a little riled up after it was disclosed after game 3 that D-Wayne was hurt. I'm watching the game trying to figure out what the problem with him is and I see Spoelstra getting in his face and I'm shocked. I've been watching Wade for years and no one plays harder or takes more hard knocks on the court. There is absolutely no reason for a coach to ever get in D-Wade's face, and here he is getting reamed by the coach. This certainly prompts the question, "Doesn't even he know Wade is hurt?" Apparently not! So what is currently going on? Well we have Chris Paul, who is obviously playing hurt with a bum leg, and we have Chris Bosh with severe abdominal strain while going up for a rebound. We have D-Wade, also with a leg injury. We have the old men of the mountain, the Boston Celtics with Paul Pierce dragging his leg around and Ray Allen playing with bone spurs in his ankle...the one thing about the Celtics is they seem to be able to overcome it all, at least at the moment. I did notice that when the Thunder realized the Spurs had no interest in winning the division or getting home court advantage throughout the playoffs, the Thunder started limiting minutes and blowing games but didn't sustain any injuries. Then there was the Bulls playing Derrick Rose and trying to get home court. We all know what happened to him when coach Thibodeau left him in the game up 20 in round one against the 76ers and where are the Bulls now. As soon as Rose got hurt Joakim Noah went down with an injury. The Lakers got lucky when Kobe Bryant got hurt because he had enough time to get ready for the playoffs when his injury struck with 15 games to play. It worked well for the Lakers as it wasn't as severe as first thought and it gave a veteran of 16 seasons a chance to rest. If you don't take into account the silly things that went on like Amare Stoudemire smashing his hand into a fire extinguisher we still have a rash of injuries that has effected over 50 percent of the teams that were in the playoffs. Who is the only team that that has zero injuries, is completely rested, is scoring on teams at will, playing great defense and has not even been pressed in a playoff game? Well it's the San Antonio Spurs led by the coach of the year Gregg Popovich. The Spurs have won 16 straight games including 6 straight playoff games, and for the 13th time during the winning streak, the Spurs have won by double digits. What is the best reason for this? It's definitely Gregg Popovich and his coaching acumen. Now in all probability, the Spurs will play the Thunder, the other team that didn't sacrifice their players for home court advantage. The way the East is playing out, with all of the injuries, there is no way to predict who will advance at this point in the playoffs. In the West however, it appears it will be one of the 2 teams that started limiting minutes and forsaking home court advantage in favor of rest and rejuvenation. After all, it is still all about winning!
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