The San Antonio Spurs are limping into the post-All-Star break portion of the 2013-14 season, but that doesn't stop full-strength predictions.
Two starters—point guard Tony Parker and small forward Kawhi Leonard—are currently sidelined, while Manu Ginobili, Danny Green and Tiago Splitter each recently returned from their injuries.
Led by the brilliant basketball mind of Gregg Popovich, the Spurs have overcome the setbacks and remained near the top of the Western Conference.
But can San Antonio finish the season strong, and which players must step up along the way? Well, if history is any indication—and that's usually a good precedent with the Spurs—expect both a familiar and new face to emerge and lead the defending conference champions into the playoffs.