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5 Biggest Threats to San Antonio Spurs’ Run at Repeat

San Antonio Spurs: 5 Biggest Threats to Run at Repeat

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The NBA landscape has changed quite a bit since the San Antonio Spurs won the 2014 NBA Finals. Now, with teams such as the Cleveland Cavaliers aiming to win a title in 2015, the Spurs will have their work cut out for them as they hope to repeat. Let's take a look at the five teams who have the best shot at halting San Antonio's run at another championship next season.

5. Los Angeles Clippers

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5. Los Angeles Clippers

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The Los Angeles Clippers certainly boast enough talent to compete with San Antonio in the Western Conference. Chris Paul is still the best point guard in the league, Blake Griffin’s game has improved tremendously since he arrived in the NBA and Doc Rivers remains one of the best coaches in the league. Furthermore, the Clippers now have a capable backup big man in Spencer Hawes, who was one of the best additions this offseason.

4. Oklahoma City Thunder

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4. Oklahoma City Thunder

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With nearly the same Oklahoma City Thunder roster returning this upcoming season as last year, the Oklahoma City could potentially dethrone the Spurs. When forward Serge Ibaka appeared for the team in stretches of the 2014 Western Conference Finals, the Thunder hung around with the Spurs. In the offseason, the Thunder added Anthony Morrow, a capable shooter who will space the floor for Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.

3. Chicago Bulls

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3. Chicago Bulls

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The Chicago Bulls possess one of the few head coaches who can go toe-to-toe with San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich. The Bulls also tallied the second-best defense last season. Now with Derrick Rose fully healthy, Chicago’s offense may be good enough to compete with the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference.

2. Cleveland Cavaliers

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2. Cleveland Cavaliers

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With two of the biggest splashes in this offseason, the Cavaliers will boast a historically significant big three this upcoming season. Although questions about the team’s defense remain, their offense will undoubtedly be one of the best. If first-time NBA head coach David Blatt lives up to the hype, the Cavaliers will represent the Eastern Conference in the 2015 NBA Finals.

1. Dallas Mavericks

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1. Dallas Mavericks

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Last season, the Dallas Mavericks proved that the team was a very capable first-round opponent in the NBA Playoffs. Now with Tyson Chandler’s addition, the Mavericks will boast a better defense than last season. Although the losses of Jose Calderon and Vince Carter hurt, Chandler Parsons will be a key addition offensively.

Nicholas Sciria is a San Antonio Spurs writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Nick_Sciria, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.