Injuries could potentially alter the suspected playoff picture in both conferences. The Bulls have lost reigning MVP Derrick Rose for at least 6 months due to tearing his ACL on Saturday’s game 1 of the series against the Philadelphia Sixers.
His absence was evident as the Sixers would win 109-92 in game 2. The win ties the series as it will shift to Philly for games 3 & 4 this weekend. Without Rose, the Bulls will be pressed for offense and role players will have I step up if try don’t want to be a rare number 1 seed to lose to a number 8 seeded team.
In another Eastern conference matchup, the Celtic were forced to play without their starting back court as Ray Allen remains sidelined due to injury and Rajon Rondo out for suspension. Not to worry because the Celtics Pierced the Hawks behind 36 points from Paul Pierce. The series is now tied at 1-1 as the next 2 games will be played in Boston. Hawks’ Josh Smith left the game early due to injury.
Amare Stoudamire of the Knicks will definitely miss game 3 against the Heat after he punched glass and severely cut his hand after a game 2 loss. Heat lead series 2-0.