Featured: NBA Injuries Are Mounting, Leaving League Wrestling with Who's to Blame
Through last Friday, there were 3,798 games missed due to injury, up 42 percent from the same portion of games last season, according to injury-tracking website ManGamesLost.com. That echoes the research of injury tracker Jeff Stotts of InStreetClothes.com, who noted in late January that the NBA reached 3,000 games lost due to injury about a month fasterthan it did last season. And that was before Cousins, Roberson and Porzingis went down for the year.
By some teams' estimations, games lost due to injury could skyrocket to a 50 percent increase by season's end compared to 2016-17. Remember, the Porzingis injury has only just begun to count toward that total.
So what's behind this? Bad luck or something else?
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What do you think the solution is? Schedule adjustments? Better strength & conditioning? Better rehabilitation? Better health and nutrition planning? Or a combination of the above? Sound off!