Of course, there is no guaranteed way for a team to remain at Mach-speed after the loss of a superstar like Stephen Curry or Chris Paul in the middle of the playoffs.
You can make adjustments, you can ask for more and potentially get more out of their teammates, but if you lose an All-NBA player, that's a void that cannot be bridged completely.
Well ... there is one way, and it's just about the only way: If you know losing one elite player is almost always a crisis, you try to make sure you have two of them.
Which is exactly why the Warriors want Kevin Durant, the 27-year-old Oklahoma City superstar set up to be the prize of this summer's free-agent period.
Blake Griffin will miss the remainder of the postseason and Chris Paul will be out indefinitely after having surgery on his hand, the Los Angeles Clippers announced Tuesday.
Griffin aggravated a left quad injury in Game 4 of the team's first-round series against the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday night. An MRI revealed no further structural damage, and the team said he'll be ready for the start of training camp.
Paul, meanwhile, underwent surgery Tuesday morning in Los Angeles to repair a right hand fracture that he suffered in the third quarter of Monday night's game.
Griffin was limited in the fourth quarter Monday night due to the quad before he sat out the final 5:48 of the game, a 98-84 loss. He had suffered a partially torn quad tendon on Christmas Day, and also broke his hand during an altercation with a member of the team's staff earlier this year. Those injuries caused him to miss 47 games during the regular season.
"It's tough," Griffin said after Monday night's game. "It's not easy dealing with injuries, especially this time of year."
Paul, meanwhile, suffered a fracture in his right hand while defending Trail Blazers guard Gerald Henderson in Game 4. He was taken out with 6:07 left in the third quarter. The fracture was in the third metacarpal, in the center of the palm of his right (shooting) hand.
In the past two years, San Antonio forward Kawhi Leonard has won an NBA Finals MVP award, a pair of Defensive Player of the Year trophies, has been named an All-Star starter and has emerged as a viable league MVP candidate.
Leonard, by any measure, is a bona fide star. His future Hall of Fame teammate, Tim Duncan, says it is now time for the 24-year-old to be treated as one.
“He’s gotten to the point now where people are being a lot more physical with him, but people are still being allowed to get away with a whole lot of stuff,” Duncan said. “That gets him fired up, and rightfully so.”
Indeed, Leonard has been more vocal than ever with officials this season, arguing his case when he feels as if he has been wronged.
It is about the only time the famously quiet Leonard will show emotion on the court.
Leonard is coming off a monster first-round series against Memphis, in which he averaged 21.5 points, 2.8 blocks and 2.8 steals, while hitting 61.1 percent of his 3-point tries in the Spurs’ sweep.
Yet Duncan and other Spurs believe Leonard does not get the benefit of the doubt from officials that other NBA stars do. He is sure to be the centerpiece of the Spurs’ approach at both ends of the floor in a Western Conference semifinals series against high-powered Oklahoma City that opens Saturday at the AT&T Center.
Leonard averaged 4.6 free throws per game during the regular season, a figure that ranked most on the Spurs but tied for 30th league wide. He averaged 4.5 foul shots during the Memphis series.
“He’s trying to earn the respect of opponents, officials and everything else,” Duncan said.
Sam Bradford has demanded to be traded and will not show up for Philadelphia's offseason program, his agent, Tom Condon, said Monday night.
Bradford is upset at the Eagles' trade last week for the No. 2 overall pick. The team has made clear its plans to draft a quarterback with the selection.
"Sam's only been in the league for six years and he wants to go some place and be there and know that he's going to stay as long as he plays well, and his situation now in Philadelphia is different," Condon told SiriusXM NFL Radio.
"Sam's a competitor, and he wants to go someplace and know he's the man. He just doesn't want to be there holding the place card and then wondering where he's going to go at the end of the year."
Eagles executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman told Comcast SportsNet on Monday that he wanted "to reiterate our support for Sam Bradford and back to our statemments last week -- that Sam is our starting quarterback.
"His agent and Sam know how we feel about him. These workouts are voluntary. We look forward to seeing Sam again in the near future."
Johnny Manziel was formally indicted by a Dallas County grand jury on Tuesday, the latest off-the-field development in the life of the troubled former Cleveland Browns quarterback, USA TODAY reports.
The single misdemeanor domestic violence charge --- which stems from an alleged incident with his former girlfriend in January --- was handed down by grand jury that convened on Thursday. The charge appeared on the Dallas County District Court records website on Tuesday.