In my latest New York Times Off The Dribble piece, I discuss the recent slew of injuries from around the league, why they were inevitable, and how it shouldn’t damper the Knicks’ hopes for a post-season run. I mention Jeremy Lin zero times, and for that I probably deserve to go to Hell.
Given a truly brutal 66-games-in-123-days schedule, the question of whether injuries would start derailing the seasons of N.B.A. players and their teams was always more a matter of when than if.
On Tuesday, it was announced that Clippers guard Chauncey Billups had a torn Achilles’ tendon – sustained during Monday’s overtime win over Orlando – that would force the veteran floor general to miss the remainder of the season. In New York, Carmelo Anthony is expected to be sidelined up to two weeks with a strained groin – this while having just recovered from ankle and wrist maladies, and despite logging the fewest minutes per game of his career.