The surprising and unfortunate star of the NBA postseason: injury.
Forward Chris Bosh's abdominal strain leaves the Miami Heat guessing when their starting forward will return in these playoffs. The injuries are piling up: The Chicago Bulls were eliminated after injuries to All-Star point guard Derrick Rose and center Joakim Noah, and the New York Knicks were never fully healthy to face the Heat because of devastating knee injuries to guards Baron Davis and Iman Shumpert.
Injuries in the postseason always garner great attention, but the issue has been amplified this year, coming off the lockout-shortened, compressed regular season. Although doctors are slow to make a direct link between the serious injuries piling up and the wear and tear of playing 66 games in 124 days, even NBA Commissioner David Stern backed off his initial position that there was no connection.
Asked Sunday during ABC's broadcast of the Heat-Indiana Pacers game about the impact of the shortened season on injuries, Stern said, "Sitting here today, I don't know the answer."