xdrta+ wrote:killmongrel wrote:DMC's injury is just a reminder of how fragile this NBA landscape is. Don't be fooled by the new names on rosters. Even the favorites are have injury concerns going forward that I do not think is sustainable for success in the long term. It's the reason why I do not see the Warriors missing the Finals too long.
I feel bad for Cousins and am not trying to make light of his struggles, but I just don't see any team being durable enough to dominate the league for a while.
I hate to say it, but the Warriors might be the most vulnerable of all. So much, everything in fact, depends on Curry.
Of the most likely WC playoff teams which is the most vulnerable to injury? Clippers, Lakers, Warriors, Blazers, Nuggets, Jazz, Rockets.
The most vulnerable look to be Lakers, Blazers and Nuggets. If the Lakers lose either of Lebron or AD they're depth is so bad they're screwed. If Portland loses Lillard I don't think McCollum is good enough to carry their scoring. If Denver loses Jokic, they don't have enough playmaking.
The Clippers, Jazz, Rockets and Warriors look less vulnerable. The Clippers could lose either George or Kawhi and still be competitive. Jazz could lose either Conley or Mitchell and be okay. Rockets could lose either Harden or Westbrook and be competitive. The Warriors could lose Steph or Russell and still have enough playmaking and ballhandling to be successful.
Either way we need some unknown quantities to distinguish themselves in order for us to be successful but the fact that both Steph and Russell are playoff caliber primary ballhandlers gives us more ability to withstand injury than some other teams.