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March 05, 2012
March 05, 2012

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March 5, 2012

LEADING OFF
THE MAIL
Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS
THE MARLINS
NFL DRAFT 2012
  • The combine kicked off two months of massive intrigue at football's most important position. Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, Peyton Manning, Matt Flynn—quarterbacks stand front and center as the draft and free agency seasons begin

PRO BASKETBALL
PRO HOCKEY
SPECIAL REPORT
  • AFTER THREE STRAIGHT TRIPS TO THE FINAL FOUR, BEN HOWLAND'S BRUINS UNEXPECTEDLY BEGAN TO STRUGGLE. FORMER PLAYERS AND STAFF MEMBERS TELL A CAUTIONARY TALE OF HOW DISCIPLINE PROBLEMS AND MISTAKES IN JUDGMENT CAN SABOTAGE EVEN A STORIED PROGRAM

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San Antonio is not the only team that is trying to limit minutes. Last year there were 1,884 instances of a player being on the floor at least 40 minutes in a game. This year, the league is on pace for a decline of 26.7%*. Among the teams that have bucked the trend are the Bulls and the Thunder (Kevin Durant, right, has 16), which could mean tired legs come the postseason: Last year Dallas (left) won the title with eight; the team they beat in the Finals, the Heat, had 90.

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FEWEST, 2011--12

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TEAMGAMES
GRIZZLIES (19--15)35
BULLS (27--8)32
TIMBERWOLVES (17--17)32
HAWKS (20--14)32
THUNDER (27--7)31

* The percentage decline is calculated on a per-game basis to account for the season's shorter, 66-game schedule.

PHOTOJOHN W. MCDONOUGH (NOWITZKI)PHOTOGREG NELSON (DURANT)