With eight games left in the NBL1 season, the biggest challenge going forward for the top-seeded Ballarat Miners may come from within.
The team enjoyed a week off over the Queen's Birthday long weekend, and is expected to return to training 100 per-cent healthy.
It is a luxury the Miners have enjoyed little of so far after watching import Marqueze Coleman come in and out of the line-up with ankle and back issues.
But with the American now fit and fast returning to form, head coach Brendan Joyce could face an issue of having 'too many mouths to feed.'
"The challenge for me as he starts to get to the top of his game is someone is not going to start," he said.
"What that means is, it's going to be a real test of our chemistry when we get to that situation, and how guys handle that."
The chemistry the Miners players have built with each other has been a big part of the success of the squad which has won 10 of its 12 matches.
It was something that developed quickly, and very much on the fly, as players adjusted to new roles without their star import early on.
Joyce said Coleman's injury presented opportunities for other players to step-up which helped the team develop its depth. With the team fully healthy, he said he would continue to challenge the players to get better.
"Winning teams have more than five good players," he said.
"That's why I'm challenging everybody to get better, when the opportunity presents itself I play them, and I'll play whoever is playing well.
"The goal is to develop the depth so that we've got 10 players that we can trust when we get to the finals."
The Miners will enjoy the added benefit of playing six of their final eight games at home after enduring a road-heavy schedule at the start of the season.
Joyce said if the team could win at least six of the games, it should guarantee them a top-two finish and a home final.
He said a top-four sport was what they were aiming for, but a top-two spot was certainly not out of the question.
"It's a good situation to be in. If we win we don't want to get too high, but if we lose we don't want to get too down," he said.
"There will be some more bumps, but what we need to do now is continue to do what we do and reward ourselves for this start."
Although a finals birth is looking likely, Joyce said he expected the competition ramp-up over the final two months as teams desperately pushed to make the playoffs.
The Miners will face one such encounter this weekend when they take on cross-state rivals the Geelong Supercats on the road.
Geelong sits two spots behind the Miners on the NBL1 ladder and is breathing down the neck of the second-placed Nunawading Spectres.
Joyce said he expected the game to be a tight affair. But he isn't worried.
With two months of round action remaining, he believes there is still room for his team to improve. He said the Miners' fast and physical defence suited the team's personnel, and people liked watching them play.
"We're not playing our best right now which is a good thing," he said.
"We are the best defensive team in the league, but we've got to maintain that."