Posted by: SmoothJazz on March 14th, 2013The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
I’ve maintained for the last few weeks that I like the Jazz chances of reaching the post season mainly because of their depth behind their starting five. Although it’s been frustrating for fans to watch the lack of disparity, or apparent improvement, between players that get starting minutes and those waiting behind them, one of the biggest benefits is that the Jazz are well equipped to handle the inevitable injuries that come at the end of a long NBA season.
Conversely, LA, Houston, and Golden State are one 2-3 week injury away from tanking the end of the season and falling out of playoff contention. A sprained ankle, pulled groin, or strained back to any of the three key players of Kobe Bryant, James Harden, Stephen Curry would almost certainly torpedo any chance that team has of reaching the playoffs.
Last night we saw Kobe go down on the final play of a losing effort against the Hawks. Kobe called the injury his “worst sprain since 2010″ making me think he expects to be out at least a week. How do you expect Kobe’s injury to impact the Lakers as they seek to maintain their playoff spot over the Jazz?
si.com has a great article breaking down the injury:
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