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John Salmons

NBA preview: Western Conference predictions

NBA preview: Western Conference predictions

Broderick Turner picks the West (in predicted order of finish) PLAYOFF-BOUND 1.San Antonio 2013-14 finish: 62-20. Coming: Kyle Anderson. Going: No one of significance. Despite a storied history, the Spurs have never won back-to-back titles. In fact they had never reached back-to-back NBA Finals until 2014 when, a year after losing in excruciating fashion to Miami, they extracted revenge against the Heat to earn their fifth title in the Tim Duncan-Gregg Popovich era. For the Spurs to win consecutive championships — and reach the NBA Finals for the third season in a row — small forward Kawhi Leonard must sustain the high level he showed while earning the MVP award in...