GSPN – Injuries to stars alter NBA playoff landscape

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In over thirty years of watching the NBA with a laser focus I have never seen more great players absent from the playoffs than in this current 2012-2013 season.  Kobe Bryant, Russell Westbrook, Derrick Rose, Danny Granger, Luol Deng basically missed the entire playoffs just to name a few.  Now, that was two MVP’s and countless All-Star appearances missing during the most important time of the season.  The Miami Heat have basically been given a free pass to grab a second consecutive NBA title when you consider that their greatest two challengers this season were hamstrung by missing top 10 talent.  The Rose-less Bulls and the Westbrook-less OKC Thunder were sure to truly challenge the champs and give them the toughest road to repeat.  These injuries have really taken a lot of sizzle out of this post-season for me and many other fans.  I am looking forward to speedy recoveries from all of the NBA stars that were banged up all year long.