I think I’ll watch the NBA playoffs this week. There are some nice match-ups ahead.
So why am I bummed out?
Because I’m likely to be watching the watered down version of the playoffs. Injuries have combined to make this year’s playoffs considerably less interesting than they should be.
For starters, there was the knee injury to Kobe Bryant that knocked him – and the Lakers – out of the playoffs. That series with the Spurs wasn’t worth watching. Say what you want about Bryant, he was always interesting in May and June.
New York’s Amare Stoudemire is listed as “doubtful” for its next game against Indiana. Speaking of Indiana, did you know the Pacers are missing Danny Granger, out with a knee injury? He was hurt earlier this year, returned for five games, and got hurt again.
Miami’s Dwyane Wade is listed as day-to-day as well, thanks to a knee problem. Meanwhile, the Bulls have been going without star Derrick Rose, also out with a bad knee.
Golden State’s David Lee is iffy for Game 1 with the Spurs.
There’s not a lot to be done about injuries, except maybe this: Shorten the season. Players get worn down over an 82-game schedule and are more susceptible to injuries in the post-season, when the speed and physicality pick up.
Last year’s 66-game season was fine with me. It didn’t change the playoff pairings and it was shorter.
I’m assuming unless salaries were cut, it would be fine with players, too.
That way there would likely be fewer injuries and players would be fresher for the post-season.
The TV viewing would be better, too.