By winstonharris on March 31, 2014
This season has been good to the San Antonio Spurs, despite the egregious amount of injuries sustained. The Spurs currently hold the best record in the NBA, they were the first team to 50 wins and they have won 17 straight games. But there are five questions that must be answered to prove they are who they say they are.
After Danny Green's unconscious shooting performance in last year's NBA Finals, many thought this year would be just as great for North Carolina alum. But this season has been filled with injuries and unfulfilled expectations. Green is not far off with his 41 percent shooting from deep this season, but he will need to emulate last year's exhibition to propel the Spurs to the top.
Manu Ginobili has been known to be clutch, but after last year's NBA Finals, there has been some doubt to that notion. His questionable decision making down the stretch of the playoffs may have cost the Spurs a title. He will have to be as sharp as he has ever been this postseason if San Antonio will be reclaiming the crown.
San Antonio's lineup has been riddled with injuries all season. Once everyone returned, a 17 game winning streak ensued. It is no secret that the Spurs will need everyone at full strength if they want to reach the mountain top once again.
Despite clinging to the best record in the NBA, the Spurs have struggled with the top teams from both conferences. They have proven themselves with some major victories over teams like the Miami Heat, Los Angeles Clippers and the Golden State Warriors, but it will take a greater effort to knock off these caliber teams in the playoffs.
Tim Duncan is in his 17th NBA season and father time is knocking at his door. His age and conditioning became evident in the NBA Finals matchup against the Miami Heat last year. He must be able to sustain big minutes and be able to bounce back if the Spurs are to win another championship.
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