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Western Conference guard Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors (11) goes to the basket against Eastern Conference guard Kemba Walker of the Charlotte Hornets (15) during the first half of the NBA All-Star basketball game in New Orleans, Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017. (Larry W. Smith / Associated Press)

TUESDAY, FEB. 21, 2017, 11:05 P.M.

Play vs. Rest: For many NBA teams, it’s still a real battle

Finding the right time to rest NBA players is a conundrum that many coaches have wrestled with for years. They struggle with the decision even more so now given the ways teams have been able to apply technology. The topic seems to become more prevalent as the season winds down, with teams in the playoff race trying to ensure top players are healthy for the postseason.

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