Despite last year's grand success, one could potentially make the argument that the San Antonio Spurs or Oklahoma City Thunder, not the Miami Heat, were the most consistent team in the entire Association. These franchises may not have come home with the Larry O'Brien Trophy, but both rosters failed to crumble, or even falter, for numerous stretches.
The Heat, simply put, cannot say the same thing.
There is no question that Miami is the best assembled team in the league right now, but there were a few points last year where it seemed the Heat were going to see their title hopes fade away.
For instance, the Heat lost six out of the 11 games that took place starting at the end of March to the middle of April. Miami, also, couldn't annihilate the elder Boston Celtics, an outcome everybody predicted likely, and instead saw their Eastern Conference Finals be drawn out to seven games.
Nonetheless, the Heat still achieved a championship in quite convincing fashion, a feat that should not be taken for granted.
Next season, though, will be a completely different story. With the veteran Boston Celtics, bumbling, yet talented, New York Knicks, gritty Indiana Pacers and resurgent Brooklyn Nets in the conference, Miami's road to a repeat isn't going to be an ordinary walk in the park.
And, that's not even including the Los Angeles Lakers, a team that has the potential to go toe-to-toe talent-wise against the champs.
There are adjustments, though, that could be made by Erik Spoelstra and the coaching staff that would make the Heat a lock to complete the back-to-back title honor.