San Antonio Spurs: 5 X-Factors for Winning the Western Conference

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San Antonio Spurs: 5 X-Factors for Winning the Western Conference
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The Spurs cruised by the Utah Jazz in the first round of the 2012 playoffs in a four-game sweep. This ended any fear that the Spurs' impressive regular season campaign would be cut short again in the postseason, as it was last year by Memphis.

The four-game sweep marked their 14th straight win, proving not only were they the hottest regular season team, but are also one of the hottest in the playoffs.

A question remains: How long will their success last?

While the Spurs are known for being a diverse team with depth in the second unit and stars in the first, their teamwork will not be enough to carry them all of the way to their fifth title. If the Spurs' championship hopes wish to remain unbroken, a few players will need to step up and play at a very high level.

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