Re: Injury Perspective
posted at 5/9/2013 11:52 AM EDT
In response to Petey62's comment:
R9R, good post, but I totally disagree with you here. Injuries did not cripple us. Mediocre and inconsistent play was what doomed of our season (and old age). We lost Rondo, Barbosa and Sully. We were horrible with Rondo (20-23 record) although there was "potential" to improve as the season went on. But there were no guarantees that we would have turned things around.
And with Sully, he would have helped but like most rookies, he was bound to hit that rookie wall and I'm sure his play would have leveled off. Are you serious when you say "Sully could score on his own"? But again, Sully would not have made a difference of 5 wins. We ended up 41 - 40 and that's because we were NOT good, not due to injuries.
I don't count losing Barbosa as a major loss because once AB would have returned, if everyone was healthy, Barbosa would not have gotten ANY MINUTES anyway.
Also, injuries are a part of the game and you cannot blame the team's performance on that. If that were the case, the Bulls would have a claim to that but, in spite of their injuries, they are battling in the 2nd round. That argument goes right out the window.
1. Not to open the Better-With/Without-Rondo
can of worms, but suffice it to say that there were a lot of new guys on the team and it took us a while to get fluid. The run after Rondo went out was purely due to Avery Bradley's return, grit from our vets, and lagging scouting reports. Rondo turns it on in the playoffs and he alone would have gotten us to the ECF to face the Heat again this year. Without a doubt.
2. Sullinger would have made a living on the boards in the Knicks series. The Knicks do not rebound, especially with Melo at the 4. Proof? How about KG's 17-17-18. KG is a beast, but lets be honest. If we played Chicago, he would not have gotten those numbers. Sullinger is excellent at getting position on the rebound, and he can finish. He can score in that facet.
3. Barbossa would have eaten Terrys minutes if anything. He literally was instant offense off the bench. He can get his own points, and Doc absolutely would have played him. Crawford wouldn't have been on the team, Twill, Lee would have been at the bottom of the depth chart. If we had Rondo and Barbossa, Rondo + Bradley would have started and Barbossa + Terry would have come off the bench. Without Rondo, I bet you Doc starts Barbossa during a few games of that Knicks series.
4. This was the reason for my post. Chicago is battling injuries, but not to the extent that we were. If Chicago lost Nate and lost Gibson, they'd be toast and BKL would have won that series.