The worst nightmare of the San Antonio Spurs is to replicate what they did last season.
In last year's playoffs, the top-seeded Spurs lost their opening-round series to the eighth-seeded Memphis Grizzlies, which was surely a devastating way to end what had been an impressive season.
After last year's bitter ending, many thought the Spurs would fade from the basketball landscape due to their age. But Tony Parker's MVP-like play and the emergence of some quality young players has San Antonio positioned to likely nab the Western Conference's top seed again.
What are the crucial factors for San Antonio to avoid what happened last year? What will it take for them to make a championship push?
Here are five burning questions for the Spurs as they head into the playoffs.