Why have the mighty fallen? The basketball gods seem to have some major issue with every team outside of the Heat. The injury bug is hitting all the top teams and hitting them hard. Not to mention crippling a few teams that could have otherwise been suitable contenders.
Bryant, Rose, Rondo, Lopez, M. Gasol, P. Gasol, World Peace, Stoudemire, Noel, not to mention a ton of others. Players who would be making major differences this season are or have missed multiple games this season.
The more injuries to top teams could mean a surprise run from a surprisingly healthy Spurs team. Not that a deep playoff run from them would be surprising, but they seem to be the one team staying healthy. Maybe Pops idea to rest his stars sporadically through the season is the right answer.