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NBA's WORST FEARS Came True... 

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While we certainly hope for the best, following this gruesome looking injury that Giannis suffered, the worst fears are that Antetokounmpo might be the latest on the long list of injured superstars that either couldn’t even suit up for the playoffs, or played far below their capacity.
Going through the entire list, you understand just how cursed this postseason has been.
What up everybody, my name is Stefan and this is Heat Check. Let’s get into it.
It all started back in April, 18 games before the playoffs even began.
Jamal Murray drives against Golden State defense, but as he tries to take off for the layup, the immediate reaction and subsequent tumble to the ground. A non contact injury which we later found out was a torn ACL. This would end the season for him and the Nuggets in a way as they realized that their championship hopes are gone.
Although Denver was able to actually win a series against the Blazers, through great unselfish play- which is of course a signature style for this team, the Phoenix Suns were too much for them in the second round resulting in a 4-0 sweep.
Meanwhile, during that same timeframe in April, the Boston Celtics were looking into every possible option and scenario to handle the wrist injury of their star player Jaylen Brown.
He actually appeared in some games and tried to see how he would feel. But eventually, it became apparent that the torn ligament in the wrist needed surgery and Brown was shut down just days before the playoffs.
There was 1 player who actually played great in the postseason despite missing the first game, and still feeling the after effects of an injury from earlier in the season. And that is Donovan Mitchell. After previously spraining his ankle, Mitchell missed 18 games which included game 1 against the Grizzlies. He then exploded in the playoffs and even brought the Jazz up 2-0 against the Clippers. But in game 3 he re-aggravated that same injury and although he continued to put up big numbers, the efficiency was way down, and you could see him being limited with his movement on the court and the overall play. Utah would ultimately lose that series following 4 straight losses from that moment.
Another reason for the loss however was the fact that the Jazz were missing another big time player in Mike Conley for the majority of that second round series. Conley injured his hamstring against Memphis and would sit out all the way until game 6 of the second round which turned out to be the last one of the season for him and his team.
And let’s remind ourselves of a star studded injury riddled matchup of the playoffs.
In game 1 of the Suns vs Lakers showdown, we saw Chris Paul go down in pain with a shoulder injury early in the game. He wouldn’t be the same for the rest of the series but fortunately, younger guys like Cameron Payne stepped up and filled in the playmaking role.
Of course all credit has to be given to Phoenix for the way they’ve played throughout these playoffs, however, we have to mention the struggles for the Lakers since that’s the topic of this video.
Lebron James did not look 100% in that entire series as he was dealing with an ankle injury, missing 26 of the last 30 games of the regular season. And you could see that at times James was lacking the acceleration and the lift that we are used to seeing with him.
Also in game 4 the other piece of that 1-2 punch went down with a groin injury. Anthony Davis missed the entire game 5, and tried to give it a go in what would end up being a deciding sixth game of the series, but right away it was evident that he couldn’t continue, and essentially helped seal the faith of the Lakers.
Around that same time, another big man took a nasty fall in game 4 of the first round, and missed the next game as a result. Joel Embiid has been dealing with injuries throughout his entire career of course, and besides the Wizards matchup, he was in a lot of discomfort against Atlanta as well.
Hopefully the extra time that he gets following the game 7 loss to the Hawks, will give him enough time to fully recover for next season.
Yet another high profile case was of course the Brooklyn Nets team. James Harden initially pulled a hammy back in March, and recovered all the way until the last 2 games of the season. His solid performance in the first round made everyone forget about the time he was out. But as we all saw, in the very first few seconds of game 1 against the Bucks, Harden re-injured that same hamstring and although gave us a few heroic outings just by being on the floor, you could clearly see that this is far from the James Harden we know.
To make matters even worse, his buddy Kyrie Irving went down as well in game 4 after landing on Antetokounmpo and twisting the ankle. He would miss the rest of that series and the heroics of KD weren’t enough to save the Nets as they lost in that epic game 7 in overtime.
And even in the conference finals, there are still injuries having an enormous impact on the rosters

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Rock n Roll
Rock n Roll Πριν 23 ημέρες
HAHAHAAHA STEPHEN'S TEAM LOST
Jose Rivas
Jose Rivas Πριν 24 ημέρες
Now bunch babies always complaining
Cyrus Farid Zanjani
Cyrus Farid Zanjani Πριν 24 ημέρες
If all teams were healthy we would have a Clippers vs Nets NBA Finals.
Aiden Gutierrez Fernandez
Aiden Gutierrez Fernandez Πριν 25 ημέρες
I forgot to add lebron and AD.
Aiden Gutierrez Fernandez
Aiden Gutierrez Fernandez Πριν 25 ημέρες
When Giannis got injured I was in complete shocked and didn’t speak for about ten minutes. Just smh the whole time.
Thirteen
Thirteen Πριν 25 ημέρες
Hey, Stephen. No offense but you look like Kyrie. Love you bro. Peace out
Jerry Tang
Jerry Tang Πριν 26 ημέρες
They are paid handsomely. If they don't want to play hard, OK. Just don't pay them the maximum. If I work in the office 8am to 5 pm, do I tell my boss, "Hey, you overwork us. Either pay us more, or send us home earlier." Is that fair?
jacob Scholtissek
jacob Scholtissek Πριν 26 ημέρες
these guys of todays NBA are just to soft look at the 80s and 90s these Players played thrue Injuries, ok its shortened their career but they played and not sit down like sissis
John Lilly
John Lilly Πριν 26 ημέρες
Why he sound like that?😭
Issa G Thing
Issa G Thing Πριν 26 ημέρες
These talking heads are annoying... Least impressive? It's the most impressive actually
eldugio75
eldugio75 Πριν 26 ημέρες
Health is a part of what goes into deciding the best team. Best doesn't mean the most talented team, it means the team that can put together wins be it through skill, athleticism, team work, or in this case depth and durability (with those other things mixed in as well of course).
Jerwin Reyes
Jerwin Reyes Πριν 26 ημέρες
@5:02 I thought he was about to say, on the other hand Kawhi Leonard going crazy 😂
Liam Kells
Liam Kells Πριν 26 ημέρες
His leg is hypericsrended
Byron Yadao
Byron Yadao Πριν 27 ημέρες
Survival of the fittest.
Dj Deffy Montana
Dj Deffy Montana Πριν 27 ημέρες
🏀🏀🏀🏀🏀🏀🏀🏀🏀🏀🏀🏀🏀🏀🏀🏀
Nick Acton
Nick Acton Πριν 27 ημέρες
Acl's popping left and right. Knees aren't meant for basketball
TheeRepenter AkaTheeComforter
TheeRepenter AkaTheeComforter Πριν 27 ημέρες
giannis got karma for kyrie
Kaboha Kevin
Kaboha Kevin Πριν 27 ημέρες
Murray's injury makes it look hella easy to tear an ACL. Ouch!!
DJ Wav Lynx
DJ Wav Lynx Πριν 27 ημέρες
Every athlete on the covers seem to always get injured the following year statically.. Umm😳
Mikey Likey
Mikey Likey Πριν 27 ημέρες
2019 Golden State Warriors team: "Tell us something we don't already know"
terrance booth
terrance booth Πριν 27 ημέρες
The nba is inspiring these guys built like paper clips to act like big men.
Boner Chan
Boner Chan Πριν 27 ημέρες
this season looks like battle royale
Antonio Maes
Antonio Maes Πριν 27 ημέρες
It's man's sports not a crybaby sports so stop bitching about playing basketball
Azikiwe
Azikiwe Πριν 27 ημέρες
Yall are starting to see the full effect of what AAU and any other extra sporting event will do to your body. Injuries are only going to get worse and start to happen more often
C S
C S Πριν 27 ημέρες
lol. Sorry y’all got injured. Landed wrong. Ejected. Sorry y’all asses hurt because the game didn’t go your way. Tough cookies.
Pain Killer
Pain Killer Πριν 27 ημέρες
Bill simmons is wrong. 1) The suns are also dealing with injuries so it's still fair game. Can't say they had the advantage all along. Suns beat the clippers in the 1st 2 games without CP3 and kawhi and george were there. 2) injuries are part of the game. Nobody cares now that toronto got the championship facing a GSW squad missing its 3 top players (durant, curry and thompson). They won. it's just as sweet. Toronto's 1st championship. It's special and in this case if the suns win, it will also be special as it will be their first as well. 3) 10 years from now, nobody would even remember who got injured. People will remember who was the champion that year though.
manlai aaya
manlai aaya Πριν 27 ημέρες
Well congrats to 2021 champions phoenix suns
Felipe Mendez
Felipe Mendez Πριν 27 ημέρες
if the phoenix suns win it all. i will not say its least impressive. it will be incredible. this is their first trip in the playoffs so basically we are expecting them to exit in the first round regardless if they're the no.2 seed because of lack of playoff experience to their young core players. i mean, only cp3 and crowder have legit playoff experience. the thing is, the role players of lakers, nuggets and clippers never show up and step up like shroeder who gave us a donut in game 5. and then nuggets couldn't find consistent offense to their role players and there's pg13 who misses the ft in game 2 and shooting horrible in game 4. i am like, shroeder, harrel, drummond, kuzma, morris, gasol, caruso, kcp of the lakers. gordon, barton, mcgee, porter, millsap, among others of nuggets. jackson, morris, beverly, batum, zubac, and the rest of the clippers bench. dont tell me they're better than payne, johnson, saric, bridges, craig and the rest of the suns. nope. the thing is, its the leadership of cp3 and phoenix is prepare to go to war. plain and simple.
Conrad
Conrad Πριν 27 ημέρες
Isn't nice? This is my preferred playoff situations
jose marie mercurio
jose marie mercurio Πριν 27 ημέρες
Blame it to Adam Silver and the owners of the teamswho made the decision to have the season open at an early date. Simply GREED!!!
B M
B M Πριν 27 ημέρες
This should be a huge lesson for the NBA. They rushed the players back early from a short off-season and expected them to play 72 games. Injuries were bound to happen.
Ronamae Justine Valdez
Ronamae Justine Valdez Πριν 27 ημέρες
This is the worst season and playoffs. hates to see injuries. smh. hopefully the playoffs next season are much better.
SlykTech
SlykTech Πριν 27 ημέρες
The Phoenix Suns have always had top tier strength and conditioning. This is what won the year.
Don Otreuh
Don Otreuh Πριν 27 ημέρες
Lucky Suns, against injured teams
THUGGWAFFLE88
THUGGWAFFLE88 Πριν 28 ημέρες
No… KD, Kylie and harden could’ve died and no one would be upset they didn’t win the title
Josue Ibanez
Josue Ibanez Πριν 28 ημέρες
This lebron fault he is the one that agree with the bubble in the first place he want it his ring so bad that cried and gave his ass to silver to resume the playoffs in the bubble if going to shoot some one shoot lebron james
Jeffrey Morales
Jeffrey Morales Πριν 28 ημέρες
And LEBRON was right all along. Team Owners gave NBPA no option but the 72 game schedule. They didn't even consider a 50 game schedule like the 98-99 calendar back then.
DIY Empire
DIY Empire Πριν 28 ημέρες
NBA is nothing like it was in the 90s
ChickenOfTheCaveMan
ChickenOfTheCaveMan Πριν 28 ημέρες
That comment was dumb, a championship is not about the best team on paper. It's about luck, talent, clutch, consistency, matchups, coaching, deepness of roster. If your team is built around one or two guys only, you know you're done if one gets injured.
Tat Deezy
Tat Deezy Πριν 28 ημέρες
The miami heat.
gfunk449
gfunk449 Πριν 28 ημέρες
Maybe they should just have the playoffs at the beginning of the season, before everyone gets injured.
Ayedyn101
Ayedyn101 Πριν 28 ημέρες
Keep in mind.. Devin Booker had his nose broken.
is it Mee Podcast
is it Mee Podcast Πριν 28 ημέρες
Your not suppose to go all out unless its the NBA Finals. Big guys need to play with their back to the basket if they want to last longer. I knew Jamal was going to get hurt. The way he drives to the basket with no control is dangerous he doesn't have any breaks. He can get that same shot off the dribble consistently if he focused more on his handle.
Chantubegamer.
Chantubegamer. Πριν 28 ημέρες
Prayers for giannis.
mrmashedpotato
mrmashedpotato Πριν 28 ημέρες
It makes sense that in a postseason defined by injuries, the team (suns) with a famously good training staff is suddenly going deep into the playoffs.
4ever Young
4ever Young Πριν 28 ημέρες
Players begging for max contracts but don’t wanna play 82 games make that make sense.
Mike Crimmins
Mike Crimmins Πριν 28 ημέρες
Tons of injuries, but I really am not seeing "overuse" injuries people keep talking about. Could overuse contribute to some of these? Sure. But most of them are contact injuries or extremely bad landings
Chaoskind97
Chaoskind97 Πριν 28 ημέρες
I think the reason for many injuries os the aoftness of the game today. Before anyone freaks out let me elaborate. As the handchecking was taken out of the game players that throttle like a jet were getting more and more common so the players of today are far more often at full speed and then have those hard stops that always were an issue for basketball players joints like the knees or the ankles. So a lot of those acl injuries of the type like DRose had are a direct result of speeding up the game and raise the forces on the bodies when braking from high speed. If you look back at the time when basketball was played in a physical manner like in the 90s such injuries were relatively rare compared to today.
Johnny BrainBox
Johnny BrainBox Πριν 28 ημέρες
"POX ON THE SEASON!" lol kinda sad
Abraxsas
Abraxsas Πριν 28 ημέρες
I think they don't want to change the number of games because it will make all-time stats impossible to beat. But maybe if they make regular season 76-80 games and make regular-season longer. for example, to May not April. that would help a lot.
deyvid astua
deyvid astua Πριν 28 ημέρες
Its a shame that the league decided to prioritize monetary gain instead of the health of their players! Its also notable that the teams who had deep playoff runs are the most affected!
Cb Bu
Cb Bu Πριν 28 ημέρες
NBA 2021: "72 games a season is too much" Jordan, Magic, Bird: Hold our beers, and bring your wives by the arena tonight
Atlas'EXQ
Atlas'EXQ Πριν 28 ημέρες
The last 3 NBA championships have been legitimate. Golden State got ravage with injuries in 2019, 2020 was ravage by covid, now 2021 Bodie hitting the floor
Maged Abul Dahab
Maged Abul Dahab Πριν 28 ημέρες
Best is the most adaptive,
S G
S G Πριν 28 ημέρες
This is BS. The usual suspects got injured. The older players got injured. And a few random young players got injured.
Drawnby1
Drawnby1 Πριν 28 ημέρες
I still can't believe the luck of lame ass CP3, if only Dame could have had that luck
Dona Oteko
Dona Oteko Πριν 28 ημέρες
Karma
Centrist 100
Centrist 100 Πριν 28 ημέρες
Health is actually as important as talent so there is nothing soft about this title
Ivanners
Ivanners Πριν 28 ημέρες
Thanasis looks like MKBHD on the thumbnail *and now I can't unsee it.*
JHAYST3R
JHAYST3R Πριν 28 ημέρες
This is Giannis’ karma for injuring Kyrie!
Chase Morris
Chase Morris Πριν 28 ημέρες
These playoff have been a battle of who's got the best bench!
gred0912
gred0912 Πριν 28 ημέρες
because they didn't shorten regular games this season
Ryuk
Ryuk Πριν 28 ημέρες
I remember when they are debating if Giannis intentionally slide his feet under Kyrie, his feet is to apart and her stand is too awkward considering he is going for rebound.
thalegacy6
thalegacy6 Πριν 28 ημέρες
Phoenix has been ice cold all year!
Water
Water Πριν 28 ημέρες
Injuries or not if your team doesn’t have all its players than it’s not the best team. No excuses.
Water
Water Πριν 28 ημέρες
The playoffs have been way more exciting than they have been in years. Maybe that’s why we should have the superstars spread out on different teams.
Louie Marinda Jr.
Louie Marinda Jr. Πριν 28 ημέρες
J. Murray, J. Brown, D. Mitchell, M. Connelly, CP3, A. Davis, J. Embid, J. Harden, K. Irving, K. Leonard, T. Young, G. Antetounkmpo
Silent Spectre
Silent Spectre Πριν 28 ημέρες
I mean.. it's actually a miracle for Giannis.. that hyperextension is gruesome in the replays but the test results turned out great.. there's no fracture or anything severe.. but he should let it completely heal tbh
Joel Agda
Joel Agda Πριν 28 ημέρες
Good evening here in the Philippines. Can you do a video about the next NBA superstars and as to why you consider these players the next big name? Thank you and God bless
Bartłomiej
Bartłomiej Πριν 28 ημέρες
Actually its the narrative, not the facts. "Least impressive" some say. OK, but isn't this a Raptors situation, when GSW first lose Steph and then Klay as well? In previous PO situation repeated multiple times. On ESPN video someone (don't remember who) mentioned that injuries happen all the time, this year is different because it hits more allstars than other players. Contact related injuries are not related to schedule. When someone hyperextend knee/ankle it is something noone can predict. Same as landing badly, especially when player has big mass and speed. Please cut this schedule narrative, this year has a lot of bad luck. I wish those injuries did not occur, but still it is a contact game.
Peterfection
Peterfection Πριν 28 ημέρες
The only thing that can make me feel better about these injuries in the playoffs is CP3 finally winning a ring possibly even a Finals MVP
Anton Lovric
Anton Lovric Πριν 28 ημέρες
I just hope Booker doesn't get a bad injury he and Ayton are really inspirational cause they are so young and i hope they win a ring
ssandroAle gesBor
ssandroAle gesBor Πριν 28 ημέρες
Lebron was right, season began too early. Clippers lost only cuz Kawhi wasn't there, just like the Nets with Kyrie
ezor garapon
ezor garapon Πριν 28 ημέρες
NA KARMA SI KUMAG BUTI NGA YAN SAYO AYAW MO LUMABAN NG PATAS. GOOD JOB PILAY KNA.
Markus
Markus Πριν 28 ημέρες
Injuries are a part of sports. And are indicative of how healthy or susceptible a player is to them is part of it. Not to give credit to a team because they haven’t had as many injuries as any other team is bull sht and bad sportsmanship. That’s part of competition…….If the human element is taken away, I guess we could just have the season played out by computers using stats and skills of teams to determine winners.
Stephen Trotta
Stephen Trotta Πριν 28 ημέρες
Suggestions like getting the required team to load manage its while all the stars are injured 🤷🏻‍♂️🤷🏻‍♂️🤷🏻‍♂️ all the stars are playing 40+ mins a game, and you see why suns aren’t dying ? They lost there stars in both of the LA series ! But they will make excuses so suns winning a championship is still great. Suns didn’t hurt any of these players, they just got seeded against them, and I’m a knicks fan I’m from NY no bias towards them
Vate OK
Vate OK Πριν 28 ημέρες
This post season is not cursed, this is sport. In a body contact sport like bball, shit happens all the times. And a title is still a title
Greg 612AB
Greg 612AB Πριν 28 ημέρες
I’m not a fan of load management but the NBA needs to find a way to keep the big names on the court during big games and the playoffs. This is a problem.
xXBobbyXx86
xXBobbyXx86 Πριν 28 ημέρες
Thats what happens when all stars are the only ones carryin the team. And thats why atlanta and suns rely mainly on whole team maximum effort.
Sean Doyle
Sean Doyle Πριν 28 ημέρες
Excellent commentary
Rr Tee
Rr Tee Πριν 28 ημέρες
Funny vid.
DRC
DRC Πριν 28 ημέρες
The Champs will be the team who star players remain off the bench. Plain and simple.
Ben Wesley
Ben Wesley Πριν 28 ημέρες
Bro im sorry but i dont like this video. Basketball is not about who has the best players. It’s not about which team has the most all stars or players who can score one on one. Basketball is about overcoming obstacles and winning as a team. If your players get injured, it’s on your coach to strategize around that and the teammates to buy into the new theory. Making excuses based on injury is just a weak ass mindset. Excuses are lies and as far as im concerned, the team that wins the title is the team who was able to overcome the most odds and play the best as a team on the biggest stage, therefore proving themselves even more than ever that they are the best team. People who dont know basketball wont be able to comprehend this. It’s sad that people just wanna make excuses all day rather than give the teams who were able to get over these obstacles any type of credit. Basically saying they got lucky which is not true at all.
Mario Realzola
Mario Realzola Πριν 28 ημέρες
Did anybody notice that it was shaq's punk ass that put bad juju on him, talking about giannis could get hurt in the second half and everything could be even with the teams🤡💩
Monica 144
Monica 144 Πριν 28 ημέρες
Most of these injuries resulted from players landing akwardly or on other players feet. i dont believe most are because of a shortened season. That is just an excuse narrative.
Ian Bentley
Ian Bentley Πριν 28 ημέρες
Although these playoffs are a bit strange due to injury, these playoffs are still wild and without a dull moment
M&M
M&M Πριν 28 ημέρες
Bill Simmons is an idiot. You play and play, survival of the fittest. You don’t just stop because people get injured just to get the best possible “competitive finals”. Injuries happen. Part of the game. Kareem went down, Magic took over in a Finals game. So if the Sixers won that Finals would it have been less impressive? A ring is a ring.
JasonR
JasonR Πριν 28 ημέρες
When everyone is trying to shoot 3s, no one needs muscle anymore.
yellowbones
yellowbones Πριν 28 ημέρες
THIS CHAMPIONSHIP IS WORSE THAN THE BUBBLE
Ish Travel
Ish Travel Πριν 28 ημέρες
injury is part of the game. Let's move on and crown NBA champion.
Philip Xie
Philip Xie Πριν 28 ημέρες
Wow, it’s a horrible season back from pandemic lockdown, I hope financial market won’t crash like this this year !
Salvador Bagamasbad
Salvador Bagamasbad Πριν 28 ημέρες
2021 is going to have a big asterisk
JMard
JMard Πριν 28 ημέρες
lol,it would be funny if there would be no superstars playing in the season
Luis Carlos Medina Quintanar
Luis Carlos Medina Quintanar Πριν 28 ημέρες
Hope the nba does something about this, there are too many games with regular season and playoffs + the shortest off season of all time.
voldmerot
voldmerot Πριν 28 ημέρες
I don't remember another era where this many players have been so injury prone. Soft.
Jean B.
Jean B. Πριν 28 ημέρες
The Giannis one i'm still am convinced is intentional. Look at the way he slides his foot in. Maybe it was karma givin him that knee injury.
RS USA
RS USA Πριν 28 ημέρες
So basically, everyone is injured. This makes things more interesting imo.
RNDM
RNDM Πριν 28 ημέρες
Heat Check forgot the injury of LUKA
ValensBellator
ValensBellator Πριν 28 ημέρες
It happens year after year. If you go back through the last 15 years you’ll find the vast majority were impacted by serious injuries. It’s so dang hard not to get hurt in this sport.
Limuel Malgapo
Limuel Malgapo Πριν 28 ημέρες
Is that MKBHD in the thumbnail?
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