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5 Biggest Obstacles for San Antonio Spurs Repeat in 2015

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5 Biggest Obstacles for San Antonio Spurs Repeat in 2015

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Coming off a championship season, the San Antonio Spurs won't forget that the journey to an NBA Title wasn't easy in 2014. This season, there are some new challenges facing the team and some challenges that the Spurs have been facing for years. Take a look at the five biggest obstacles the Spurs must overcome to retain the Larry O'Brien trophy.

5. Los Angeles Clippers

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5. Los Angeles Clippers

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Now that Donald Sterling is out of the way (mostly), look for the Clippers to excel under Doc Rivers. The Clippers' athleticism has always posed problems for the Spurs, and it won't get any easier for San Antonio this year. The Clippers plug in a number of pieces around PG Chris Paul that are just scary on paper. The problem is that the Clippers haven't been able to put it all together through an entire season. Can they change that this season?

4. Chicago Bulls

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4. Chicago Bulls

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The Bulls have overachieved for two years without Derrick Rose, but now he's back and is creating a lot of buzz this offseason. Does anyone remember what the Bulls were like with Derrick Rose? Now add pieces like Jimmy Butler and Pau Gasol. If the Spurs make it through the Western Conference, the Bulls could be waiting on them, and that is not a matchup anyone will look forward to.

3. LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers

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3. LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers

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The Cavaliers have made the most noise this offseason and with good reason. LeBron is back home, but he's with a much more impressive group than the last time the Cavs tried to stop the Spurs in the 2007 Finals. With Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving, James looks to create another Big 3 to make a championship run. Will the Spurs' Big 3 be good enough to beat James a third time in the Finals?

2. Oklahoma City Thunder

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2. Oklahoma City Thunder

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As good as everyone else is in the NBA, the Spurs have had fits with the Thunder. In 2012, OKC ran off four straight wins to stop San Antonio dead in its tracks from a championship run. In 2014, the Thunder beat the Spurs all four times in the regular season and lost the Western Conference Finals in six the after losing (and regaining) Serge Ibaka to injury. Look for Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook to be hungrier than ever.

1. San Antonio Spurs

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1. San Antonio Spurs

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Yes, as difficult as the NBA is every year, the Spurs basically dominated the regular season and the playoffs. San Antonio brings back all the critical pieces to make another championship run, but injuries have already created setbacks for Patty Mills and Manu Ginobili. Will Father Time continue to let the Spurs dominate? If San Antonio is on its A-game, no one but Father Time has a chance to stop it.