Is it possible? Yes. Anything is possible.
Do you sometimes have to wear a bullseye on your back in order to not settle for mediocrity? Yes. Bring it on. You want to be the best, you have to beat the best - and take their hardest hits.
The Lakers get everyone's best shot; the Celtics get everyone's best shot; the Heat are going to get everyone's best shot; if you want to be among the elite, you better get used to getting hit in the mouth and get right back up.
If we can't take the hits, we don't belong. Period.
"The dice of Zeus always fall luckily." - Sophocles