2013 NBA Playoffs: 5 Reasons Why San Antonio Spurs Will Win the Western Conference

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5 Reasons Why San Antonio Spurs Will Win the Western Conference

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The San Antonio Spurs did the NBA a favor and eliminated the drama-filled Los Angeles Lakers in sweeping fashion, four games to none. Now, the Spurs must await the winner of the 3/6 match-up out west between the Golden State Warriors and Denver Nuggets.

The Warriors currently hold a 3-1 advantage in that series, so one would think that's who the Spurs will be preparing for in the Western Conference semifinals. However, as the rounds go, the competition gets stiffer and the Spurs must tighten up because things will surely not be as easy as they were in their opening round series against Los Angeles.

However, San Antonio has more than enough intangibles to make a run to the NBA Finals this season and even win the title. It will go game-by-game, series-by-series, but that's what this veteran lineup is used to.

There are a number of factors that can attribute to a squad making a run to the NBA Finals, but what are the most important in relation to the San Antonio Spurs?

The Spurs can win the Western Conference playoffs and advance to the NBA Championship here in 2013 and here are five reasons as to why that will happen:

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No. 5- Star Power

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The Spurs feature a solid trio that doesn't need a "Big Three" title to garner the hype that they deserve. Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili have enough star power to guide the Spurs to the NBA Championship here in 2013.

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No. 4- Coaching

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Gregg Popovich is one of the best coaches in the NBA and each year his Spurs' teams are in contention for a Western Conference crown. This year is know different and his NBA playoff experience will pay off as it usually does.

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No. 3- Veteran Leadership

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The Spurs are a veteran bunch. There's nothing that they haven't seen or wouldn't be prepared for. The whole veteran and experienced lineup factor is crucial when it comes to grinding out an NBA Playoff run, so this surely won't be an issue for San Antonio.

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No. 2- Russell Westbrook Injury

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In the opening round of the NBA playoffs, Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook tore his meniscus. Westbrook is done for the playoffs and the door is open even wider for the Spurs now. Now don't get me wrong, San Antonio could still have advanced past the Thunder in the West had Westbrook not gone down, but there's no denying that things got a bit easier due to the injury.

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No. 1- Revenge Factor

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A season ago, the Spurs were eliminated in the Western Conference final by the Oklahoma City Thunder. Could the two meet in the same round yet again this season? You better believe it. San Antonio will surely be looking to avenge last year's elimination here in 2013 and advance forward into the NBA Championship.

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