The Miami Heat currently hold the top position in the Eastern Conference with a 26-12 record, but there are several obstacles that stand in their way of winning back-to-back championships.
There's no doubt that the Heat losing six of their last 12 games is concerning, especially with road games against the Boston Celtics, Brooklyn Nets and Indiana Pacers next week. What is more alarming is that Miami's only win against a team with a winning record since Christmas was at Golden State, who was without its leading scorer, Stephen Curry.
By no means is there a reason to hit the panic button right now, but Miami's flaws are becoming more evident each game. Here are the five biggest hurdles preventing the Heat from winning their second title in a row.