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5 Games That Stand Out From San Antonio Spurs’ 2014-15 Schedule

San Antonio Spurs 2014-15 Schedule: 5 Games That Stand Out

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The reigning champion San Antonio Spurs are sure to have a target on their backs this upcoming season. Everyone has marked the calendar for their shot at No. 1, especially those with vendettas to settle from last year. With the schedule released, let's take a look at the five games that stand out for the Spurs this season.

5. Miami Heat (Feb. 6)

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5. Miami Heat (Feb. 6)

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The first meeting between the Heat and Spurs since the 2014 NBA Finals is sure to be interesting. The Heat will look completely different with the absence of LeBron James, but they hope Chris Bosh can fill the void. The Spurs, on the other hand, will look almost identical, which will probably produce an identical result to their last meeting.

4. Los Angeles Lakers (Nov. 14)

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4. Los Angeles Lakers (Nov. 14)

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The return of Kobe Bryant is sure to draw much attention throughout the long season. The Spurs will get to test the legs of the "Black Mamba" in an early season meeting during a four-game road trip. The Lakers aren't expected to make a dent in the heavily stacked Western Conference, but you can't count out Bryant's will to win.

3. Cleveland Cavaliers (Nov. 19)

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3. Cleveland Cavaliers (Nov. 19)

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After the excitement of the LeBron James' homecoming settles, he and the Cleveland Cavaliers will have to prove their worth. Assuming the Kevin Love trade goes as planned, this meeting may be an NBA Finals preview. The Spurs have the opportunity to set the tone, but Gregg Popovich doesn't like to put too much stock in the outcome of games like this.

2. Dallas Mavericks (Opening Night)

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2. Dallas Mavericks (Opening Night)

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The Spurs and Mavericks are set to open against each other in a battle that could very well be the Western Conference Finals preview. Last season, the Mavs were just one game away from defeating the eventual NBA champions, and when those rings are presented in front of them, it's sure to set a fire under Dallas. The Spurs' first chance to show their rested and regrouped form is going to make for a great opening night.

1. Oklahoma City Thunder (Christmas Day)

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1. Oklahoma City Thunder (Christmas Day)

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The rematch of the controversial 2014 Western Conference Finals was an early Christmas gift when released. The Thunder will make their way back to the Alamo City, with a hopefully healthy Serge Ibaka this time around. Can San Antonio handle the trio of the Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Ibaka, now one year older? Will Kawhi Leonard rise to the calling and play like the star he is? We will just have to wait and find out.