The NBA playoffs are in the second round, and, as always, there's been no shortage of injuries around the league impacting several teams. The flurry of injuries is similar to what we saw in the regular season, and some team personnel members around the league reportedly felt it's a direct result of the compressed 2020-21 schedule, as the league wanted to fit in a 72-game schedule despite the season not starting until late December.
Whatever the reason, virtually every team in the league has had to deal with injury issues, and some of them have carried over into the postseason. To keep you updated, here's a running list of all the major injuries in the NBA, and how they are affecting teams and players ahead of the playoffs.
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Leonard suffered a knee injury during Game 4 against the Utah Jazz, and the Clippers originally listed him as out for Game 5 with a right knee sprain. However, a new report has surfaced that says Leonard is dealing with an ACL injury and that he could be out indefinitely. He injured his knee after trying to plant his foot on a fastbreak with 5:25 remaining in the fourth quarter. After trying to stretch and massage the knee, Leonard came out a couple possessions later and did not check back in. Losing him for a significant amount of time would be incredibly detrimental to the Clippers' championship hopes.
Kyrie Irving rolled his ankle badly in Game 4 against the Milwaukee Bucks and remains out of action. Despite his X-rays on his ankle returning negative, the Nets' All-Star guard missed Game 5 and will sit out Game 6 as well. Steve Nash says Irving will remain in Brooklyn to undergo further treatment as the team travels to Milwaukee for Thursday's Game 6.
The 76ers' Danny Green played just four minutes in Game 4 against the Hawks due to what the team later announced as a right calf strain. He wore a walking boot for the remainder of the game, and he'll be reevaluated in at least two weeks. Sixers coach Doc Rivers replaced Green with Matisse Thybulle after the forward went down, but hasn't committed to who will fill Green's shoes in the starting lineup going forward.
Jazz guard Mike Conley will miss yet another contest after sitting out Game 4 against the Los Angeles Clippers. Conley hurt his hamstring in Utah's first-round series and has yet to play in the West semifinal matchup against the Clippers. Conley dealt with hamstring issues throughout the regular season, so it makes sense that the Jazz would be especially cautious.
Unfortunately for the Hawks, Hunter won't be playing in another game for them this season. Hunter experienced some swelling in his knee prior to the start of the series against the Sixers, and an MRI revealed a small tear of his lateral meniscus. Hunter is expected to undergo surgery this weekend, the Hawks announced. Hunter missed 46 games during the regular season with right knee soreness, and he had two separate non-surgical procedures to deal with the issue. This is the same knee that he just tore his meniscus in, indicating that it's been an issue for him all season long. Hopefully he's able to address the issue now and be ready to go for the start of next season.
Serge Ibaka's season is over after undergoing surgery on his ailing back. The Clippers big man has been sidelined since the second game of the first round with a sore back that's bothered him throughout the regular season. He missed 30 consecutive games prior to the playoffs with the same injury, and hasn't been able to be 100 percent to get on the court for meaningful minutes in the postseason.
The Milwaukee Bucks advanced to the second round of the postseason after sweeping the Miami Heat, but lost shooting guard Donte DiVincenzo in the process to a tendon injury in his left foot which will sideline him for the rest of the playoffs. The injury occurred in the second quarter of Game 3, with Milwaukee in full command against Miami. DiVincenzo drove past Goran Dragic, who fouled him, but stopped in pain before going up for the shot. It could prove to be a huge blow for the Bucks as they continue on through the playoffs, as they don't have a ton of depth this season.