Games Lost Related To Injuries

Yesterday, while discussing the lack of Gino time we've enjoyed this year, the subject of injuries was brought up often.  One commenter (wahz) went so far as to blame most of the losses this year on injuries.  I thought it might be a good subject to research and Roy Hobbes was kind enough to do the number crunching for me.  Here's what he came up with.

1.  November 1, 2008 (Pacers):  No key players missed entire game.

2.  November 14, 2008 (Nuggets):  No key players missed entire game.

3.  December 25, 2008 (Lakers): No key players missed entire game (but I remember Perk was banged up -- I think he hurt his shoulder during the game)

4.  December 26, 2008 (Warriors):  Perk missed the game

5.  December 30, 2008 (Blazers):  No key players missed entire game.

6.  January 4, 2009 (Knicks):  No key players missed entire game.

7.  January 6, 2009 (Bobcats):  No key players missed entire game.

8.  January 7, 2009 (Rockets):  No key players missed entire game.

9.  January 9, 2009 (Cavaliers):  No key players missed entire game.

10. February 5, 2009 (Lakers):  Brian Scalabrine missed the game.

11.  February 8, 2009 (Spurs):  Brian Scalabrine missed the game.

12.  February 19, 2009 (Jazz):  Tony Allen missed the game; KG was injured in this game and missed the second half.

13.  February 25, 2009 (Clippers):  Kevin Garnett, Tony Allen, Brian Scalabrine missed the game.

14.  March 1, 2009 (Pistons):  Kevin Garnett, Tony Allen, Brian Scalabrine missed the game.

15.  March 8, 2009 (Magic):  Kevin Garnett, Rajon Rondo, Tony Allen, Brian Scalabrine missed the game.

16.  March 11, 2009 (Heat):  Kevin Garnett, Rajon Rondo, Glen Davis, Tony Allen, Brian Scalabrine missed the game.

17.  March 15, 2009 (Bucks):   Kevin Garnett, Glen Davis, Tony Allen, Brian Scalabrine missed the game.

18.  March 17, 2009 (Bulls):   Kevin Garnett, Glen Davis, Tony Allen, Brian Scalabrine missed the game; Leon Powe got injured.

19.  March 25, 2009 (Magic):   Kevin Garnett,  Leon Powe, Tony Allen, Brian Scalabrine missed the game.

By my count, that list includes 8 games lost with at least one starter out the whole game (usually KG or Perk) and 2 more losses that happened when either KG or Perk got hurt during the game.

Also, up until the Jazz game on Feb. 19, the Celtics really didn't have many good injury excuses to lose the frist 11 games.  All teams lose a starter for a few games here or there.  That's part of the game.  However, the injury list ratchets up quite a bit in March.

Finally, one note of caution.  Before we get too "woe-is-us" about injuries, we should consider that every contending team has had issues with injuries.  The Magic lost Jameer Nelson for the year and the Cavs have gone stretches without Big Z and Ben Wallace among others.  And as one sharebro (Google Reader) pointed out to me a few weeks back "Utah says give me a break."  (Utah has had a total of 142 games missed because of injuries)  So it could be worse.

Injuries do tell a good bit of the story, but they are part of the game.  The prime directive for this team right now is to do what they can to get healthy and ready for the playoffs, where excuses won't matter much.

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