Originally posted on Project Spurs  |  Last updated 2/18/13
Heading into the All-Star break, the Spurs are the top team in the NBA. They’re gaining respect as a potential championship contender, but as Spurs fans well know, having the best record doesn’t mean a guaranteed spot in the Finals. Last year the Spurs cruised to the Western Conference Finals but were bounced by a younger Oklahoma City Thunder team. It’s hard not to predict a repeat of the same performance this year, but coach Gregg Popovich definitely thinks this year’s team is better, especially on the bench. “Role players like Danny Green and Gary Neal really feel comfortable in what they’re doing,” said Coach Pop during an ESPN radio interview. “And Kawhi Leonard has progressed exponentially from what we thought he would… Our bench wasn’t near what it is now. They didn’t perform well in the playoffs. They didn’t really rise to the level. We had two or three players that played well during the season but did not play well come playoff time…This year, being a deeper tea
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