Miami Heat: Defense Is Most Important for NBA Championship

December 14th, 2010 by Mark Lesko Leave a reply »
Yes. We. Did.

When Heat fans launched that phrase, it was referring to the excitement surrounding the offensive firepower the Heat had just signed in Dwyane Wade, Lebron James, and Chris Bosh. But all that firepower means nothing if this team does not play defense.

Look no further than last night's game against the New Orleans Hornets. The Heat's defense was struggling, giving up wide open looks and committing foul after foul on every dribble drive to the basket.

Then at the end of the third quarter, the Heat ramped up the defense and went on a 20-4 run to bust open what was a back-and-forth game. The Heat held the Hornets to only nine points in the fourth quarter.

The way this team is built, it serves it best to play great defense, rebound, then get out in transition. Coach Spoelstra even mentioned that in his press conference, "Our best opportunities are in the open court to get our attackers at the rim, but it also helps with our state of mind, our balance and rhythm. When we get easy opportunities in the open court, I think it helps our half-court offense as well."

Just look back at recent history. ...

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