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Mag NBA preview: Spurs

By Bradford Doolittle
ESPN The Magazine

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YES, THE HORN will eventually sound on coach Gregg Popovich and Tim Duncan's long ride, now in its 17th year, but there's no reason to think it'll be this season. Duncan, 37, posted career highs in defensive rebound percentage (29.6 percent) and block percentage (6.4 percent) and led the league in DRtg. Even if Duncan and fellow vets Tony Parker (31) and Manu Ginobili (36) slow down, young stars Kawhi Leonard, Danny Green and Tiago Splitter have shown they're ready to take the reins.

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