NBA Podcast: 2013-14 San Antonio Spurs Season Preview
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Swapping Gary Neal for Marco Belinelli is as big as the changes got. San Antonio is clearly banking that Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green's maturation will be inversely proportional to whatever declines Tim Duncan and Tony Parker may face this year.
But do the Spurs have enough collective improvement to cover for a clearly aged Manu Ginobili? Can they trust guys like Tiago Splitter, Matt Bonner and Cory Joseph to not only log regular-season minutes, but much more importantly, to be consistently positive assets during the playoffs?
No one's doubting that the Spurs' chemistry and discipline will keep them in the hunt all season long, even if teams like the Oklahoma City Thunder, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets and LA Clippers all have more talent and that fabled "extra gear".
But will they have enough firepower and athleticism to do more than just "out-execute" people during the postseason's biggest moments?
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We look at the best and worst of the Spurs' offseason, along with the biggest questions heading into 2014. We'll also detail San Antonio's keys to a successful year while predicting its final standing.
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