The Miami Heat's season didn't end as hoped.
After waltzing its way into the NBA Finals, Miami was unceremoniously dethroned in five games by the San Antonio Spurs. San Antonio won each of its victories by at least 15 points, sending a message to the two-times defending champs in the process.
Now it's time to decode that message.
Did Miami simply need to play better, or are changes in order? Some changes will be inevitable. With Shane Battier retiring and Ray Allen potentially following suit, there's little doubt Miami could use another shooter or two in the rotation—especially coming off the bench.
There are other areas of need that aren't necessarily news. Miami could use another big man to protect the rim. An upgrade at the point guard position certainly couldn't hurt, particularly after free agent Mario Chalmers disappeared in the Finals.
Much as some change may be needed, this is no time to blow things up. This is a team that's made it to four-straight Finals, twice emerging victorious in the process.
Their offseason priorities should take that monumental success into account.