Kevin Pelton of ESPN.com (Insider) digs into injury data for the 2013-14 NBA season and finds that the Portland Trail Blazers have fared quite well.
Four of the Blazers' five starters have played in all 75 games this season, and as a team, Portland ranks in the league's top five in fewest games, minutes and WARP lost to injury.
The Blazers aren't alone in parlaying good health into exceeding expectations. The Toronto Raptors have been healthier than any other team in the league en route to a near certain Atlantic Division championship, while the Indiana Pacers have stayed healthy as part of their challenge for the top seed in the Eastern Conference postseason.
On average, the 10 healthiest teams in terms of games missed have won 56.3 percent of their games. The bottom 10 have been even worse, winning just 41.8 percent of the time. That's equivalent to a 12-win swing over a full season between being among the 10 healthiest teams and the 10 most injured.
Pelton's full analysis is here. It also includes a look at how many games and minutes each team has lost due to injuries this season.
Joe Freeman of The Oregonian had a piece on Blazers center Robin Lopez's durability this week.
"I know everybody's lived through that, but it has nothing to do with this year," coach Terry Stotts said of the Blazers' injury-riddled history. "Robin is having a career year. He's built up to this over his career and he's continued to improve throughout his career. (His durability) is a luxury to have."
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