After a five-game flameout against the L.A. Lakers that was much closer than the finish indicated, the San Antonio Spurs headed into one of the most important offseasons in franchise history. Manu Ginobili, injured after the first round and a shell of himself in the conference finals, managed a career scoring year. His 19.9 average led the team, as did his five regular season game winners. Tim Duncan scored at least 20 points and grabbed at least 15 rebounds in all five jousts with the Lakers, a signal that he was not ready toáhand overáhis status as the league's best power forward. Tony Parker regressed after a defining, blistering 2007 playoff run and disappeared at times when the San Antonioáneeded to counteráL.A. most. Still, the Spurs had been closer to the Lakers than Gregg Popov ...
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