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How sleep and jet-lag influences success in the travel-crazy NBA

NBA teams play 41 road games a season, often in different time zones. That can be especially tough for teams journeying west

Even with schedule tweaks, NBA teams will spend more time at cruising altitude than teams in any other professional league. The fatigue of playing 82 games a year, or more, is tough. The jet lag from travelling to 41 road games may be equally difficult.

“You grow up knowing about the 82-game schedule in the NBA,” says Golden State Warriors point guard Quinn Cook. “But it’s totally different when you experience the difficulty of that schedule yourself.”

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