The ice is thinner than you think
Part 2 in a TrueHoop series about preventing NBA injuries
BY HENRY ABBOTT
PART 1: Mushy bones and everything
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In the last few days, a few people have pointed out that the season just started. Players can’t be tired yet. Surely load management is for tired people, and surely that comes later, right?
Not so fast. Clearly, I don’t think every injury is the result of overwork. Sometimes an enormous man like Aron Baynes lands on Stephen Curry’s wrist and that’s that.
On the other hand, we’ve seen Curry slither past defenders like Baynes a zillion times. This time, he was a hair off. A little slow in his reaction. It happens. It could be random.
But no one can say for certain that it was. Curry played Sunday night in Oklahoma City, then flew to New Orleans. He played Monday night in New Orleans, then he flew to the Bay Area and lost his balance on Wednesday in San Francisco. There’s no way he had a week of good sleep.
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