If the NBA Playoffs had not already begun, the NBA’s first game of the Eastern Conference Semifinals was set to begin tonight.
But due to a string of injuries, it will not.
“The injury reports, and the injury numbers, just don’t work,” New York City Bulls guard Derrick Rose told reporters.
A few of the key players who are likely to miss games: Derrick Rose (center) and Jerian Grant (left) The Knicks will miss the rest of the season, but will be back in action when the NBA regular season kicks off.
The Bulls will also miss Rose, who missed all three of his games against the Bucks last week.
Grant (who will miss six weeks after undergoing knee surgery) and forward Jordan Crawford will miss two of their next four games.
There is no timetable for their return, but there is a chance that both players could play at least one game before the playoffs start.
Bucks forward Kyle O’Quinn (right) is expected to be ready for the start of the playoffs.
Injuries are an issue for any team, but for the Bulls, the biggest is the lack of depth at the center position.
Chicago’s two-time All-Star center Pau Gasol, who has missed nearly half of the regular season, is out for the season.
Curry, who is expected to play in the postseason, is dealing with a foot injury.
Coach Fred Hoiberg is hoping to get a healthy Pau Gasols back for the playoffs, but he’s still trying to get Gasol healthy enough to play. Pau Gasol will miss the playoffs with a toe injury the Bulls are hoping to see Gasol in the playoffs “We’re going to see what Pau’s ability is going to be,” Hoiberk said.
Bulls forward Derrick Rose has not played since the Bucks game “He’s definitely out there and he’s definitely hurt, but I think we’ll be able to get him in, we’ll just have to get the swelling under control,” Hoibs coach Fred Hoibk said Buller center Robin Lopez (right) is expected back for his first game The Bucks have had a rocky start to the season and it is expected that Lopez will miss at least two games due to the toe injury he sustained last week against the Knicks.
Lopez (pictured left) has missed two games Lakers forward Kobe Bryant is expected to return to the lineup Bryant has missed six of his last eight games, with the latest being against the Lakers last Thursday.
“I’ve never missed a game before, but it was just a very tough game, especially the first two minutes,” Bryant told reporters after the game.
(Photo by George Walker IV/NBAE via Getty Images) “It was just tough, because I was just trying to stay in the game, I wanted to get in the rhythm of the game,” Bryant added Brys said He is expected to start the season in the starting lineup, which is the second time in his career that he has started the season as a reserve.
New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis has been ruled out for up to two weeks The Pelicans have lost five of their last six games and have not won since a 118-105 win over the Celtics on March 1.
Davis (left) has missed the last five games Davis is expected, but the Pelicans are still looking to add a spark to their offense “This is my team, I don’t want to let them down,” Pelicans coach Monty Williams said “Just stay in it, stay positive, keep going.
We’re going through the motions, we have to keep winning games, and we’re going into this game expecting to win.”
New York Knicks guard Kyle Oukoc (10) will not play The only player the Knicks could use as a starting center in the playoff series is Kyle Ouka, who was suspended for the first five games of the NBA season for testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs.
Ouka (20) missed his first two games with a knee injury The injury has been a constant Oukoc had been limited in practice and played through the knee injury he suffered in the Bucks’ game against the Bulls last week, but is expected in the lineup tonight.
Suns forward Devin Booker is not expected to return The Suns have had several issues on the offensive end, but Booker is the team’s only real perimeter threat.
Booker (21) had not played in the first three games Bookers last game was his only with the Bucks The Kings have a great defense, but