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NBA's schedule may have caused more injuries, but any correlation to ACL tears is unlikely
The NBA's compressed schedule, with 66 games in four months followed by one day off before the playoffs, was tough on everyone.
Did it cause more injuries?
Probably, say the players.
What about the torn ACLs that ended the season for Derrick Rose and Iman Shumpert on Saturday?
Unlikely, says a surgeon.
Dr. David Altchek from the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York says Sunday there is "no evidence" that ACL tears can be caused by wear and tear.
Rose, last season's MVP, was hurt in the final minutes of Chicago's Game 1 victory over Philadelphia, and the Knicks' Shumpert went down a short while later. The blame game started soon after, with many pointing the finger at the hectic post-lockout schedule.