|Chauncey Billups was one of several players to go down with injuries Monday. (Getty Images)|
If there was a tipping point for when the compacted schedule would really start to take a significant toll on the league through injury, you have to wonder if it was Monday night. Here's a rundown of the M*A*S*H* unit the league turned into Monday night in a torrent of injuries.
- Carmelo Anthony strained his groin against the Jazz and did not return. Anthony had only recently returned from injuries to his ankle and both wrists. Amar'e Stoudemire also missed the game due to the death of his brother.
- Early reports out of Orlando are the worst kind, as there's a strong sentiment that Chauncey Billups suffered a torn Achilles injury which would end his season and put his career in jeopardy.
- Danilo Gallinari went down with an ankle injury against Houston and a subsequent X-ray revealed a chip fracture in his left ankle.
- Newsday reports that Baron Davis has suffered a setback and is out at least until the All-Star Break. Though Knicks fans don't care right now because of Jeremy Lin.
- The Hornets announced Jason Smith is out one week with a concussion he sustained Saturday against the Pistons.
That's one night of action and we haven't even gotten the random trickle-down injuries from the late games yet. Usually we'd be about a week away from the All-Star Game but since we haven't actually gotten through that many games due to the late start following the lockout, there's another three weeks before the All-Star break provides some relief. Vince Carter said last week that this year was about survival and you can tell how much that has an impact on teams' approaches. It's just a rough year for all teams in terms of managing wear and tear with this schedule, and Monday night was one in which a lot of teams lost that battle.