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Links: Reigning NBA MVP Derrick Rose goes down with ACL tear, out for season

Oh no.
Oh no.

There was some pretty awesome basketball played yesterday (no thanks to the Knicks) and yet it was all overshadowed by Derrick Rose's ACL tear, and justifiably so. Not many Wizards links today, but there's plenty of playoff-related material:

  • Fun fact: The Wizards six-game winning streak was the longest to end the season for a non-playoff team in 31 years. Huh. That is one reason the Wizards feel primed to compete for a playoff spot next season. Nene is another. [Washington Post]
  • Craig Stouffer has a recap of the highs and lows of the Wizards season, and concludes that the team's offseason priority should be improving its scoring on the wing. [Washington Examiner]
  • Some season-ending notes on the Wizards' rebuild, the tenuous tenures of Andray Blatche and Rashard Lewis, and a final roster report, courtesy of The Sports Exchange.
  • For some reason I couldn't find this on the Baltimore Sun's actual website, but Don Markus has penned a neat story on Sam Cassell and his son, who's headed to Maryland as a member of Mark Turgeon's first recruiting class as Terps head coach.
  • Here's are some quick recaps of Saturday's playoff games. [Ball Don't Lie]
  • A Rose-led Bulls team was the only thing really standing in the way of the Heat making a return trip to the NBA finals, so the Eastern Conference playoffs just got a lot less interesting, not to mention how unfortunate this is for the city of Chicago and Rose himself, who has been beset by injuries this entire season.
  • Of course, everyone needed someone to blame after Rose's knee exploded, and Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau was the predictable scapegoat for having his star player in the game with just over a minute remaining and the Bulls up by 12. Here's Mike on why the criticism of Thibodeau isn't exactly fair, seeing as how he didn't do anything his peers wouldn't have also done.
  • Kelly Dwyer on why Rose's ACL tear is about as devastating an injury as any NBA team could suffer, especially in the first game of the first round of the playoffs. [Ball Don't Lie]
  • Photos and a collection of Twitter reactions to Rose's injury. [ESPN TrueHoop]
  • Iman Shumpert also tore his ACL yesterday. Not as critical as Rose's injury (looks like the Heat are going to blow the Knicks out of the water with or without Shumpert), but just as unfortunate for the rookie, who will miss six to eight months following surgery. [ESPN New York]
  • Speaking of the Heat's ugly beatdown of the Knicks, they did it with defense. [Heat Index]
  • LeBron had a pretty good game too, scoring 32 points on 14 shots. [Heat Index]
  • Could Jeremy Lin make it back in time to play in the first round? Even if he can, will it be worth it with the Knicks down 3-0? [ProBasketballTalk]
  • Ken Berger on why the lockout-shortened season (and subsequently compressed schedule) might have been to blame for the ACL tears to both Rose and Shumpert both explosive, high-intensity guards who put a lot of pressure on their knees. [CBS Sports]
  • The Thunder-Mavs game was far-and-away yesterday's best. Key takeaway: Kevin Durant is ridiculous. [ESPN Dallas]
  • Why Kevin Garnett's transition from power foward to center has been key to the Celtics' second-half resurgence. [ESPN Boston]
  • Andrew Bynum thinks the Lakers need to come away with a statement victory tonight. [ESPN Los Angeles]
  • The Spurs are really old and really good. They might not be ready to step aside for the next wave of dynasties just yet. [Sporting News]
  • Is Tony Parker a legit MVP candidate. Fran Blinebury thinks he is. []
  • Tom Ziller has crunched the numbers, and has some projections for the Lakers-Nuggets and Spurs-Jazz series.
  • David Aldridge takes a stab at handing out some regular season awards, plus more details on the NBPA debacle in his Morning Tip feature, one of the absolute "must reads" for any NBA fan.