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Heal of a decision

Spurs' healthy thinking on Tim Duncan in 2000 paying major dividends in 2012

Updated: May 19, 2012, 10:55 PM ET
By J.A. Adande | ESPN.com

LOS ANGELES -- It was a more devastating injury than Derrick Rose's torn ACL, bigger than Chris Bosh's strained abdomen, and no one ever talks about it. It's tucked into a box among the most obscure NBA mementos, like the fact the 1971 NBA Finals were played in a 1-1-1-1-1-1-1 format.

The injury was too significant to be forgotten so easily. It was an injury that involved a reigning champion and a future MVP. It deprived a team of a legitimate chance to win back-to-back titles and probably ...

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