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DALLAS (AP) – The NBA’s shortened training camp and condensed schedule appears to be taking a toll on the players.

Injuries are piling up all over the league. Stars like Derrick Rose, Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade and Paul Pierce have all missed time.

Timberwolves forward Anthony Tolliver thinks the rush to get ready after the lockout is partially to blame. He says the shorter training camp didn’t give players enough time to prepare for playing four or five games a week — and sometimes three games in three nights.

Veteran Celtics center Jermaine O’Neal says there was no way for players to be ready for such a grueling schedule. O’Neal says he sees players getting hurt every game, and it’s “more like football.”

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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