From the offensive scheme to a certain opponent's hot streak, a few internal and external factors will decide the San Antonio Spurs' 2014 postseason ceiling.
The Spurs must first defeat the eighth-seeded Dallas Mavericks, but eventual matchups pose unique challenges for Gregg Popovich's squad.
San Antonio is seeking a return to the NBA finals with a roster that is arguably better than 2013's Western Conference-winning squad, so the playoff expectation remains a championship.
Granted, as the Spurs found out last season after winning 15 postseason games, the 16th victory can elude a team in the most painful of ways. The trick, of course, is to minimize the negative factors and accentuate the positives.
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