But the carnage didn’t stop there. On Sunday, the New Orleans Pelicans lost standout center Anthony Davis, who fractured his left hand in a victory over the struggling New York Knicks. The team says he’s out for four to six weeks.
So what exactly is going on here? Are hands particularly vulnerable this year? Possibly — or maybe it’s something else entirely.
In a roundup of the craziness that’s marked this nascent NBA season (and it’s SO early yet), here are 20 of our top theories:
• Maybe players keep slipping on Jason Kidd’s “spilled” drinks: