STATE OF THE FRANCHISE
Just five months have passed since the Spurs came within a heartbeat of their fifth championship, pushing the Miami Heat to the brink of elimination in seven games of pulse-pounding finals action. Though most eyes were on San Antonio's big three (Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili), sophomore Kawhi Leonard and former roster washout Danny Green emerged as the players to watch in the series. Leonard performed admirably in drawing the defensive assignment against LeBron James, while Green put on a historic three-point showcase, hitting 27 treys to break Ray Allen's finals record.
There will be no rest for the heartbroken Spurs heading into the 2013-2014 campaign. With limited turnover, as only Gary Neal and DeJuan Blair departed this summer, San Antonio should again compete for the one seed in a crowded Western Conference. Threes and perimeter defense are increasingly en vogue in the NBA, and coach Gregg Popovich's ageless roster, stac You've reached the end of our free article preview.
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