Defending a title is one of the hardest things to do in any sport, especially in the NBA.
Teams in the past like the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics make it seem like an easy task to run off multiple championships when it reality it took not only overwhelming talent, but also an unlimited amount of hard work and focus throughout the entire process.
That being said, the gerneral consenus regarding the NBA is that the Heat will once again come out of the Eastern Conference in hopes of defending their title, which makes sense.
Miami has improved with the addition of Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis. Norris Cole played great during the preseaon. Dwyane Wade is well-rested and ready to go, LeBron James is in his prime, and Chris Bosh was the Heat's most consistent player putting up solid numbers with limited minutes this offseason.
However, let's take a quick look back at last year's NBA playoffs. In particular I'd like to address two teams here: the New York Knicks and the Boston Celtics.