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40-MINUTE MEN

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.

FEWEST, 2011--12

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TEAM

GAMES

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.

PHOTO

JOHN W. MCDONOUGH (NOWITZKI)

PHOTO

GREG NELSON (DURANT)