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3 Ways the San Antonio Spurs can pull off an improbable play-in win

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1. The San Antonio Spurs need to catch fire from deep

One of the biggest factors in Spurs wins all season long was their ability to keep up with opponents at the 3-point line. When they won the points battle from the perimeter (or at least tied), they were much more likely to come out victorious.

The problem with that statistic, however, is two-fold. One, the Spurs shoot fewer threes than every other team in the league. Two, they don't shoot it well, as they finished 24th in the league at 35 percent. Will these things come back to bite them in the long run if they make a miracle run to the playoffs? Almost certainly. Can they get away with these issues by catching fire in a two-game situation? Also a possibility.

Just one week ago, San Antonio shot an insane 17-for-29 from downtown, scorching the nets at a 59 percent mark. Oh, and that came against Milwaukee Bucks, who are in the top 10 in the league defensively.

The bottom line is this: The Spurs have guys who can get hot from three, and given that the Grizzlies are a deeper team, it's very likely they'll have to do so to have a chance.

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