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Heat Return Focus to Defense
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On October 5, 2013 @ 7:56 am In Headlines,NBA Headlines | No Comments
Defense is the primary focus of everything the Miami Heat does, and it’s been that way since Pat Riley arrived.
Miami started [last] season playing defense at a level that made no one in the organization happy last season, allowing 100.6 points per game, ranking only 23rd-best league-wide after 17 games. In the 65 games that followed, they gave up just 93.6 points per game, the fourth-best rate in the NBA over that span.
Playing defense better from the start of the season has emerged as a top priority for the Heat, who left the Bahamas on Friday after wrapping up six practices of training camp that were devoted almost entirely to that end of the floor.
“We knew we didn’t start off the season like we wanted to defensively,” said Heat forward LeBron James, the league’s two-time reigning MVP and a four-time winner of the award overall. “But we knew. I think when you have a problem and you face it, it’s very correctable, and we knew that. So one thing we talked about was defending and finishing.”
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