The Eastern Conference playoff field has experienced a number of ill-timed injuries lately, a couple of which could benefit the Celtics greatly. (Boston Globe)
The Milwaukee Bucks took a blow to their potential playoff run when Andrew Bogut dislocated his arm, sprained his wrist and broke his right hand in a nasty fall against the Suns. The Hawks are uncertain about their leading scorer Joe Johnson, who sprained his thumb and is listed as day to day. Toronto just watched an stray elbow down their most important piece Chris Bosh as they try to fight off the Chicago Bulls for the last playoff spot in the East.
Bosh was found to have fractures on the right side of his nose and face, so he will miss tonight’s game against the Celtics. But it is the injuries to Joe Johnson and Andrew Bogut that could really help the C’s. They are attempting to pass Atlanta for the Eastern Conference’s third seed (they are one game back), while Milwaukee looms as a potential first-round playoff foe.
It’s not a nice thing to be happy about someone’s injury, but I’m not too worked up about all the injuries decimating potential playoff foes. In addition to the Johnson and Bogut injuries, Cleveland is still missing Shaquille O’Neal and just got Anderson Varejao off the injured list. The Celtics, as badly as they looked last night in New York, are as healthy as they have been all year and looking to capitalize on their bill of good health. For the first time in the past couple years, the injury see-saw is leaning Boston’s way.
Please join me in a very large knock on wood.