NBA: Several top teams limping into the playoffs — but not the Thunder

The Celtics are without Rajon Rondo, the Nuggets lost Danilo Gallinari for the season, and the Lakers need a revolving door at their training room entrance. But Miami's resting and healing, and the Thunder's still healthy — but don't ask them to talk about it.
BY JOHN ROHDE Published: April 6, 2013

The NBA playoffs begin in two weeks. Is everybody ready?

Yeah, well, sort of.

*The Boston Celtics lost All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo for the remainder of the season on Jan. 25, and now veterans Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett might soon need canes because of ankle injuries.

*Chicago Bulls point guard and former Most Valuable Player Derrick Rose has been cleared to return from the knee injury he suffered April 28 during last year's playoffs, but why should Rose hurry back when guard Richard Hamilton (back) and forward Taj Gibson (knee) are out indefinitely, and center Joakim Noah (foot) and guard Marco Belinelli (abdominal) are day-to-day?

*The Denver Nuggets have gone 19-3 since the All-Star break. They also wish the playoffs could have started then given the current health of starting point guard Ty Lawson (out indefinitely with heel problems) and forward Danilo Gallinari (lost for the season to a knee injury on Thursday).

*The Indiana Pacers certainly are good, but will forever wonder how good they might have been had they not lost forward Danny Granger for the season to a knee injury.

*The Los Angeles Lakers need a revolving door at the entrance of their training room.

*The defending champion Miami Heat are resting, healing and still winning, and it's scary watching them do it.

*Sharpshooting Carmelo Anthony looks good as new for the New York Knicks after draining his sore right knee on March 14, but forwards Amar'e Stoudemire (knee) and Rasheed Wallace (foot) aren't expected back until early May.

*The OKC Thunder doesn't dare discuss its health status without first knocking on wood. The Thunder has used the same starting lineup for all but three of 76 games so far this season — knock on wood.

*The Philadelphia 76ers are on their death bed, and essentially have been since trading for center Andrew Bynum and his bum head … um, knee.

*The San Antonio Spurs are limping to the regular-season finish line, but all their limps could be gone when the NBA playoffs begin April 20.

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