This season's injuries Rondo, Sullinger, Barbosa really hurt. Here's some perspective:
Bulls: True warrior team, lots of heart and true grit. But, imagine Rose goes down for the season. And then within a week Taj Gibson goes down as well. A few games later, Nate Robinson tears his ACL and he is out. Imagine at the beginning of the year, back-up Center Nazi Mohammed had family problems and went back home for the season (Darko). Do you think the Bulls could be doing this well without Rose, Robinson, Gibson, Mohammed? (on top of playable injuries)?
Spurs: Imagine Tony Parker tears his ACL. Then Splitter goes. Then Neal. Does this team get out of the first round? And if Matt Bonner had family issues and didn't play this season?
Other not-as-good examples:
Pacers: No George Hill. No Hansboro. No Augustine.
OKC: No Westbrook, but also no Collison and no Kevin Martin.
Knicks: No Felton, no Prigioni, no Stodoumire.
I'm just saying, injuries really crippled us. The Blur was playing unbelievable basketball and I really think he would have excelled in a Nate Robinson-esqe role. He and Sullinger alone would have pushed us over the Knicks because both these guys could score on their own; Barbosa with his high speed drives to the hoop; Sullinger with his offensive put-backs. Imagine if Darko was not a little baby and had toughed out the year with us. There is no reason why he couldn't be a Pekovic. I could see it going either way next year in regards to PP and KG. Its just remarkable the amount of bad luck we've had throughout the 7 years...