San Antonio Spurs: NBA 2014-15 Season Preview, Prediction, Outlook
San Antonio Spurs
2014 NBA Season
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The San Antonio Spurs won their fifth NBA championship last season and return exactly the same team. With Gregg Popovich and others returning for yet another season, the Spurs are looking to add more hardware to the collection this season.
Here is your 2014 San Antonio Spurs NBA preview.
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Key Additions: Kyle Anderson
Key Losses: None.
Biggest Strength: The biggest strength for the San Antonio Spurs has and will be experience. Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili have been playing together forever and can read one another like a book. Gregg Popovich has coached the Spurs for quite some time, and it seems like nothing has changed over the years in terms of stability. The Spurs know that their formula works and does the best it can to keep the same players year after year. While other NBA teams are trying to figure out an identity and adding and dropping players, the Spurs stick to what works and doesn’t change much. You may call them old, but the Spurs experience has trumped talent more times than not.
Biggest Weakness: Health concerns has been an issue for the Spurs and has to be once they make a run at a repeat. Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker missed a combined 24 games last season. Tim Duncan continues to have his minutes monitored heavily and sometimes doesn’t look to be in the best of shape. There’s no doubt that the Spurs main core has aged quite a bit and it puts a lot of pressure on the younger guys to step up and make plays. Last season Kawhi Leonard came out of his shell and Patty Mills proved to be a solid player. However, without the big three, it’s safe to say the Spurs don’t have much of a shot at a second straight title. Health is really my only concern with the San Antonio Spurs.
Expectations: After cruising to a 62-20 regular season record and dominating in the playoffs and NBA Final, the Spurs are in a championship or bust season, especially after returning the exact same team from a year ago. As long as they stay healthy, the Spurs remain the team to beat and are going to be a tough out with the combination of talent and experience. Don’t be surprised if the Spurs are hoisting the trophy once again.