Hollinger's PER Diem: Nov. 10, 2008

John Hollinger explains how difficult injuries to the Spurs' Tony Parker and the Hawks' Josh Smith will be for their teams to overcome.

Updated: November 10, 2008, 1:53 PM ET
By John Hollinger | ESPN.com

When we try to look into our crystal balls and project how the NBA season will turn out, injuries are the biggest variable -- especially for a sport in which only five players are on the court at one time and one star can have a massive impact on his team's fortunes. This weekend there were two huge injuries, as ankle sprains will keep Tony Parker and Josh Smith off their respective teams for about a month.

Smith has been the defensive key for the unbeaten Atlanta Hawks (yes, I just ...

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