The League is still coming to grips with yesterday’s wholly shocking news that Yao Ming is going to miss the remainder of the season (including the Playoffs). To some – Rockets fans; the Eastern Conference – it’s sad, to others, it’s a chance to make the Playoffs in a hyper-competitive conference.
The Golden State Warriors are one team that’s expected to take advantage of the opportunity:
“I hate to see any player get injured from any team, especially our players, so it’s bad news,” Warriors coach Don Nelson said of Yao, who has a stress fracture in his left foot.
“Bottom line is, there are eight spots, and we’re tying to get one of them. We’ve got to keep winning no matter what.”
G-State is currently sitting 2.5 games behind Houston (who, sans Ming, won their 13th straight last night), and unless T-Mac accidentally falls into the rejuvenation machine, the Warriors could and should leap frog Houston in the standings by the time it’s all said and done.
As the old saying goes, one man’s season-ending injury is another’s ticket to the postseason. So it goes.