NBA Playoffs 2012: Top 8 Keys for San Antonio Spurs to Win It All

Joel C. CordesNBA Associate EditorApril 1, 2012

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Don’t sleep on the San Antonio Spurs as legit NBA title contenders.

The Oklahoma City Thunder, Chicago Bulls and Miami Heat may have all the headlines this year, but the Spurs have been in the league’s top four all season.

The Thunder are still fighting the unknown. The Bulls have to get Derrick Rose fully healthy. The Heat must overcome themselves.

On the other hand, the Spurs have flown under the radar, finally have Manu Ginobili back to health and recently built the league’s best bench by adding a rejuvenated Stephen Jackson and nice-fit Boris Diaw at the 11th hour.

San Antonio might have the most competently youthful and best passing roster of the Greg Popovich era.

These young legs and long arms can now trap the baseline and short corners, push the tempo, play a little above the rim and attack the basket off the dribble or the back-door cut.

As usual, the Spurs’ half-court offense is a precision tuned machine with plenty of three-point shooters on the perimeter.

Ginobili is back, Tony Parker is having one of his best seasons ever and Tim Duncan has shed half a decade.

The Spurs’ core has won four NBA titles since 1999. With their experience, chemistry, new bench and competent youth, they now have a LEGIT shot at ring number five.

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