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What if this season, as great as it's been, hasn't been so impacted by injuries? What if health hasn't been an issue? That's where NBA 2K22 comes to play.

Another season, another injury fest. But as always, some teams fared worse than others.

Teams with the most injuries

According to Man Games Lost, the Orlando Magic were dealt the worst health hand, with their players missing 449 games due to injuries and COVID protocols. Indiana Pacers, the team that finished the regular season as the 13th seed in the East, had 401 games missed between its players. 

Then there are the Clippers; a team that was supposed to contend for an NBA championship but had to settle for a Play-In exit to the Timberwolves after going almost the entire regular season without their two superstars -- Paul George played in 31 games, Kawhi Leonard missed the whole year.

Denver Nuggets are another contender whose season was ruined by injuries. Jamal Murray and Michael Porter Jr., the team's second and third best players, missed the entirety of the regular season. The rest of the group missed 197 games combined.

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Charlotte Hornets had the best season health-wise, with their players missing 153 games throughout the year. The rest of the bottom five are all mid-tear groups who didn't have much chance of making serious noise this year. Except for Boston Celtics, the No.2 seed in the East, and the 2022 NBA Finalist.

Injury-free season

The Celtics' players missed 180 games combined-- the fourth least in the entire Association. The luxury of constantly having their best players available is what allowed Boston to take that next step and make a return to the NBA Finals after a twelve-year-long drought. But a lot of teams weren't so lucky. 

Brooklyn Nets' dysfunction derived from their stars, primarily Kyrie Irving, constantly being sidelined. Los Angeles Lakers never stood a chance ever since Anthony Davis suffered a knee injury in December. The Bucks, despite being healthy throughout the regular season, lost Khris Middleton in the first round of the playoffs and played without him for the rest of the postseason. The same thing with the Grizzlies -- Ja Morant missed the team's last three games in the second round against the Warriors when the series was tied at one game apiece.

But what if none of that happened? What if this season, as great as it's been, hasn't been so impacted by injuries? What if health hasn't been an issue?

That's where NBA 2K22 comes to play. 


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