Playing a full season NBA basketball is not an easy task. 82 games of professional-level sport in less than six months takes a toll on your body. You cross time-zones, play in different altitudes and it is hard. Danilo Gallinari of the OKC Thunder is a true example of this.
Gallinari is a super-talented player who has been plagued with injury throughout his career. Having a month off prior to the playoffs will refresh the 6’10” power forward. Given the schedule the OKC Thunder has coming up, rest is going to be critical.
Given that the Thunder played 17 games in January, which is the most allowed for a month, rest is crucial at this point.