Injuries Affecting Fans as well as Players?
When the Miami Heat played the Hawks at Philips Arena early this month, Heat stars LeBron James and Dwyane Wade were sidelined by injuries. And when the Hawks played Charlotte here last week, four of Atlanta’s top eight players were out of action.
Such is post-lockout life in the NBA, where sprains and strains seem more common and a compressed schedule means less time between games for players to heal.
That can mean disappointment for fans who buy tickets with the hope of seeing a particular player in action.
While injuries are a big part of any NBA season, a compacted schedule increases the number of games lost to aches and pains that ordinarily might be nursed on days off. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram counted 19 key players around the league losing time to injuries in the first two weeks of the season.