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San Antonio Spurs: 5 Reasons Why Your Favorite Team Will Suck in 2013-14

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Five Reasons Why San Antonio Spurs Will Suck

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The San Antonio Spurs will be a solid team this season, there’s no doubt about it. They have one of the best point guards in the league, solid veteran players that look to be on their way to the Hall of Fame and solid role players that will allow them to cruise their way to the playoffs.

That doesn’t mean that they will be able to reach the expectations they have set for this year, however.

Despite having a stellar coach, solid management and good players, it seems like this year is a ‘Championship or Bust’ for the Spurs. This season appears to be the last one they could mount a title challenge with this aging core, and some signs are definitively pointing that those lofty expectations won’t be met.

The Spurs have relied on their veterans to have solid campaigns year in and year out, and if this is the year that age finally catches up the team, then it’s safe to say that the Spurs won’t be able to contend for a championship.

It could be due to the age, due to an excessive dependence on their starters or even due to their bench, but the truth is that the Spurs are not going to be able to repeat their performance of the past seasons.

There are five reasons why the San Antonio won’t be able to meet the expectations set for this season. Join me through the slideshow as we check each and every one of them.

Juan Pablo Aravena is a sports writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @jparavenarant or add him to your network on Google

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5. Age Catching Up?

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Could this probably be the year that age catches up the Spurs’ core? Tony Parker (31), Manu Ginobili (36) and Tim Duncan (37) aren’t getting any younger, and even when the team is solid enough to make the playoffs with ease, their bodies might be worn down in the playoffs if Gregg Popovich isn’t able to rest them in the regular season.

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4. Lack of Health

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It has been noticeable that if one of the Spurs' key players gets injured, the team loses their capacity. Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili have battled with injuries in recent years, and while Tim Duncan seems to have found the fountain of youth, it’s not likely that he’ll be able to stay healthy through the whole year.

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3. Bench Not As Strong As Last Year

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The Spurs bench was one of the best last season, and even though it’s still solid it doesn’t seem it’s better than last year’s. The loss of Gary Neal, who was a threat to score 15 points on any given night, and DeJuan Blair could be significant. Marco Belinelli is a nice replacement for Neal, but the second unit lacks a proven scorer aside from Manu Ginobili.

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2. Improving Western Conference

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The Houston Rockets signed Dwight Howard. The Golden State Warriors have Andre Iguodala and Stephen Curry. The Los Angeles Clippers and Memphis Grizzlies are still tough to beat, and the Oklahoma City Thunder are a legit threat to win the title. The Western Conference will be very tough this year and the Spurs could be overmatched easily if they have an off night. Considering this team has title expectations, they will need to give their 110 percent throughout the year to keep themselves alive.

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1. Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili Regression

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It’s inevitable to think that Manu Ginobili and Tim Duncan will have a slight regression this season. Both players are on the wrong side of their thirties, and while Manu already looked out of rhythm in the playoffs, it doesn’t seem likely that Duncan will be able to put up the kind of numbers of last year. If they do regress it could mean an early playoff exit for the Spurs.