(AP) -- The heartache from training camp a year ago is long gone, buried underneath the confetti that poured down in June during the celebration of the San Antonio Spurs' fifth championship.
Their latest conquest might have been their most impressive. They overcame the gut-wrenching, seven-game loss to the Miami Heat in 2013 by posting an NBA-high 62 wins in the regular season, outlasting the Dallas Mavericks in the first round of the playoffs and then bulldozing the rest of the way through to dethrone LeBron James and the Heat.
Practically the only thing the Spurs haven't done in the Gregg Popovich-Tim Duncan era is repeat as champions. Now they have that chance.