As the outright favorites to return to the NBA Finals when the next season commences, the Miami Heat will carry similar pressure from last year's campaign.
Having dealt with the my ebbs and flows in a season that was a success by all rational accounts, the past effort was a springboard to critical future success.
LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh took the Miami Heat to the edge of greatness last June but fell short in its quest for history-book immortality. With that setback providing the offseason motivation, no reasonable mind expects the Heat to take steps backwards in search of more South Beach midsummer celebrations.
In the way stand five teams that possess the skills to spoil the Heat's championship world tour.