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2012 a season of survival

As injuries mount, the Bulls must be careful with their stars' minutes

Updated: February 16, 2012, 8:49 AM ET
By Melissa Isaacson | ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- When the 2012 NBA champion is crowned, the last team standing may very well turn out to be literally the last team standing.

Never before has it been more fitting to talk about survival of the fittest, for it is looking more and more like it will be the team with the fewest injuries and the one which manages its injuries best that prevails.

Though it's hard to criticize Tom Thibodeau for much -- his Chicago Bulls have stayed atop the standings despite injuries ...

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