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Video Analysis on How to Fix Miami Heat’s Struggling Defense
With a record of 32-14, the Miami Heat are having by any account a successful season. However, unlike in years past, their victories aren’t coming by the way of their defense.
The Heat currently rank 12th in defensive rating. That’s a sizable downfall after finishing as a top-five defensive team (based on defensive rating) in each of the past two seasons.
It’s not a coincidence that the Heat made the NBA Finals in both of those seasons, either.
Considering Miami is a championship-or-bust team again this season, their defensive shortcomings are a big issue.
The good news, though, is that the Heat absolutely have the potential to play top-level defense.
Let’s take a look at the Heat’s defense more in-depth and figure out how Miami can turn potential into reality.
Beyond just points allowed, a statistic that indicates the Heat aren’t the defensive juggernaut they once were is turnovers.
Last season Miami forced 16.8 turnovers per contest. This year, that average has fallen to 15.1.
BY SAM RICHMOND