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5 Things the San Antonio Spurs Must Do to Contend Again Next Year

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San Antonio Spurs: 5 Things Team Must Do to Contend Again Next Year

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The 2014 NBA Champions of the World are the San Antonio Spurs. This dynasty of the past and the present continues to defy time and logic with their selfless work ethic. Now the future lies in front of them and possibly another championship. Once again, they are not favored to repeat, but they will contend again next year if they can do these five things.

5. The Big Three Must Stay Together

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5. The Big Three Must Stay Together

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San Antonio's Big Three have won more playoff games than any other threesome in NBA history. Maybe they can be individually successful and maybe even two of them can do it, but there is no competition for the combination of all three legends.

3. Bring Back Patty Mills

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3. Bring Back Patty Mills

Patty Mills
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As the offseason begins, the Spurs will have to make some tough decisions for their future. The simplest decision will be bringing back their spark plug from "down under". Patty Mills was an unexpected part of the Spurs domination this year - averaging 10.2 points per game in the Finals. The best kept secret in the NBA must return to the Spurs next year.

3. New Motivation

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3. New Motivation

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The Spurs used the 2013 NBA Finals as motivation all season and now that they have conquered their nemesis, what's next? They will have to find a new purpose, drive, and goal besides the obvious sixth ring. Something must grip their heart and fuel their souls because next season will be no walk in the park. Especially in the West.

2. Tony Parker Must Be Healthy

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2. Tony Parker Must Be Healthy

Tony Parker
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After putting so many miles on his basketball odemeter between last offseason and this season, Tony Parker must rest. It is plain and simple. The variety of "maladies" that Parker had to fight off were self inflicted by simply playing too much basketball (as crazy as that sounds). A repeat is very realistic with Parker at 100 percent.

1. Kawhi Leonard Must Be "The Man"

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1. Kawhi Leonard Must Be "The Man"

Kawhi Leonard
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The world witnessed the birth of a superstar in Kawhi Leonard during this year's NBA Finals. The rightful crowning of the Finals MVP award showed everyone and himself what he is capable of. As the "Big Three" start to fade into the sunset, Leonard must step into his role as the guy to lead them to the mountain top. Next year is the year of the "Kawhi".