Injury: Sprained left knee. The skinny: Griffin was also hurt in Game 5. The injury looked serious, with Griffin clutching his knee after a foul by Marc Gasol in the third quarter. He played in Games 6 and 7, but the Clips are monitoring him closely.
Chris Bosh was the latest key player on an NBA playoff team to get bit by the injury bug. The Heat might be better equipped to deal with his absence than the Knicks and Bulls were to deal with similar losses. The Daily looks at the most critical injuries and how they've affected the playoffs so far.
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Derrick Rose, Bulls
Injury: Torn left ACL. The skinny: This was the big one. Rose, the NBA MVP in 2010-11, would have presented a formidable challenge to anyone. Instead, he suffered the injury in the first round and his Bulls lost to the 76ers.
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Joakim Noah, Bulls
Injury: Sprained left ankle. The skinny: Another Bulls casualty. Noah sprained the ankle in Game 3 against Philadelphia and missed the final two games. Chicago then became the fifth No. 1 seed to be ousted by a No. 8 seed.
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Iman Shumpert, Knicks
Injury: Torn left ACL, meniscus. The skinny: The Knicks’ Game 1 loss to the Heat in the first round, a 100-67 final, was humiliating and painful. Shumpert, a talented rookie, went down in the third quarter and might not return until December.
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Baron Davis, Knicks
Injury: Torn right ACL, MCL, patella tendon. The skinny: Davis’ right knee buckled while he was dribbling downcourt in the third quarter of Game 4 against Miami, and that was that. Recovery time for such devastating injuries is about a year.
Amar'e Stoudemire, Knicks
Injury: Gashed left hand. The skinny: This was self-inflicted. Stoudemire needed surgery on his non-shooting hand (stitches) after punching a glass encasing of a fire extinguisher after a Game 2 loss in Miami. He missed Game 3, an 87-70 defeat.
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Chris Paul, Clippers
Injury: Strained right hip flexor. The skinny: Paul, also dealing with a jammed right middle finger, strained the hip with about five minutes remaining in Game 5 against the Grizzlies. He still played 35 minutes apiece in Games 6 and 7.