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Top 5 Ways San Antonio Spurs Can Guarantee a First-Round Win

5 Ways the San Antonio Spurs Can Guarantee a First-Round Win

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As the San Antonio Spurs still await their first-round opponent, they will have some time to reflect on the actions and decisions that got them to the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference. With all the talent in the West, the Spurs will not be guaranteed any easy wins. If they take hold of these five points, they will see success in the opening round of the playoffs.

5. Late Game Execution

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5. Late Game Execution

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The San Antonio Spurs must execute late and finish winnable games. They have shown some difficulty in closing out games against lesser opponents this season but if they can focus on the defensive end then they should have no problem in round one.

4. Rebounding

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4. Rebounding

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Rebounding has been an issue of inconsistency for San Antonio and they must out-rebound their opponent to increase their chances of victory. The Spurs must have great contributions from Tiago Splitter, Tim Duncan, and Kawhi Leonard on the boards.

3. Bench Production

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3. Bench Production

Marco Belinelli
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The San Antonio Spurs' bench has been phenomenal this season and this must continue for post season success. Patty Mills and Marco Belinelli seem to be legitimate scoring threats that make the Spurs better than they were last season. Manu Ginobili has shown he is still very capable of producing in the sixth man role.

2. Beyond The Arc

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2. Beyond The Arc

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Sharpshooting has been a major strength of the Spurs, who are shooting 40 percent from deep this season. With the addition of 3-point specialist Austin Daye, the team has a plethora of deep-range threats that can open up the floor and shoot at a moment's notice.

1. Staying Healthy

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1. Staying Healthy

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Injuries have been the Spurs' biggest opponent this season. When they are at full strength, there is no team that can match their ball-movement and offensive efficiency. The success that San Antonio has will depend largely on the health of their big name players such as Tony Parker, Tim Duncan, and Manu Ginobili, who have all struggled with injuries this season. As long as they are healthy, the sky is the limit for this team.