NBA Injuries Are Mounting, Leaving League Wrestling with Who's to Blame

Through last Friday, there were 3,798 games missed due to injury, up 42 percent from the same portion of games last season, according to injury-tracking website That echoes the research of injury tracker Jeff Stotts of, who noted in late January that the NBA reached 3,000 games lost due to injury about a month faster than it did last season. And that was before Cousins, Roberson and Porzingis went down for the year.

By some teams’ estimations, games lost due to injury could skyrocket to a 50 percent increase by season’s end compared to 2016-17. Remember, the Porzingis injury has only just begun to count toward that total.

So what’s behind this? Bad luck or something else?