They finally did it. After all the criticism, scrutiny, hate, chitter-chatter, rumors, far-fetched trade rumors and bumping of the gums, the Miami Heat and their Big Three have finally won a title.
It seems like it took an eternity, but it only took two years. That's what tends to happen when you let the media run wild with a story that attracts the interest of certain viewers. They can stretch it out, edit it in certain ways and make story after story about things we already know about just so they can prove to other outlets who can make the bigger blowhard of themselves and acquire more ratings.
I digress. The Miami Heat didn't get the easy postseason run like so many expected when Derrick Rose and Dwight Howard went down with injuries because of a significant injury of their own suffered by Chris Bosh at the start of their semifinals series against the Indiana Pacers.
The Heat showcased their resilience and sense of urgency by fighting through the Pacers and doing as much as they could against a Boston Celtics team that knew how to take advantage of a Heat team without arguably their most important player. Luckily for the Heat, Bosh returned just in time to give the boost the team needed in Game 7.
Then came the Thunder, and it went exactly the opposite of how we expected. What we anticipated was a high-octane series that would surely go seven games simply because of the star power of each team. What we got, however, as an experienced Heat team serving it up to an inexperienced Thunder that looked a little starstruck.
Now every team is angry. They're angry that the Heat proved everyone wrong and that they couldn't be the team to put them in their place. To be honest with you, however, there are two teams that realistically could put a scare into the Heat, and neither team is the Chicago Bulls or New York Knicks.
We take a look at the eight teams who pose the biggest threats to the Miami Heat and their shot at a second consecutive title.