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A spring break

How best to bear down when you need to? Ease up when you can

Originally Published: March 30, 2009
By Chris Broussard | ESPN The Magazine
Editor's note: This story appears in the April 6 issue of ESPN The Magazine.

The final weeks of the NBA's regular season may be energizing for fans. For the players, though, they're just plain enervating. Fatigue -- physical and emotional -- can make the last month seem like a year.

[+] EnlargeTim Duncan
Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE/Getty ImagesThe Spurs traditionally have prepared for the playoffs by resting Tim Duncan down the stretch.

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