Starting two weeks from now, the Heat, as well as 15 others, will embark on a month-long journey that will reveal the top NBA team of the 2012-13 season. Judging by how well the Heat have played, however, there's going to be a lot of teams that will be competing for a silver medal.
Miami stands at 62-16 courtesy of a 27-game winning streak that lifted it from an above-average 29-14 record to an elite 56-14 in the span of a little less than two months.
In that span, the Heat took care of several other teams that have been claimed to be possible Heat-stoppers, including the Oklahoma City Thunder, Boston Celtics, New York Knicks, Indiana Pacers and the Chicago Bulls. It took a miraculous shooting effort for the Bulls to pull out a win and end the winning streak.
There will be a time to begin worry about what the West has to offer. For now, the focus is on the Eastern Conference. Although many will cite the Heat's struggles against teams like Indiana (1-2 in regular-season series), Knicks (1-3), and Bulls (1-2), it's nothing new.
Miami has struggled against the East's best before. You may remember the Heat went a combined 1-6 against the Bulls and Celtics in the 2010-11 regular season, yet they went 8-2 against those same teams in the playoffs.
The second season is a completely different beast. The Miami Heat will be looking to turn on that switch that they've been waiting to flip for the past six months, and they'll be starting off with these potential matchups in the East.