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Tuesday, November 12th, 2013 at 12:35 pm  |  6 responses

LeBron James Says Miami Heat Playing ‘Like Sh*t Defensively’


The defending champion Miami Heat are still working out the early-season kinks — having sputtered to a 4-3 start, LeBron James and company say their main issues are on the defensive end of the floor. Per ESPN: “It’s simple,’ James said as the Heat prepared for Tuesday’s home game against the Milwaukee Bucks. ‘These first seven games, we’re playing like s— defensively. It’s that simple. We’re not a sugarcoat team. We came in and got right down to it. We’re terrible on defense, and we’ve got to change that.’ James’ comments came on the heels of the Heat’s 111-110 loss Saturday to the Boston Celtics, who won on a buzzer-beating 3-pointer by Jeff Green after overcoming a four-point deficit in the final 3.6 seconds. The shot from Green capped a relentless performance by the Celtics, who took advantage of Miami’s lethargic defensive effort throughout the game. It’s already developing into a disturbing trend for the Heat, who are ranked first in the league in offensive efficiency but just 25th among the NBA’s 30 teams in defensive efficiency. Miami also ranks among the bottom third in the league in points allowed, yielding 100.9 per game. The Heat opened Tuesday’s practice with some harsh words from coach Erik Spoelstra and then spent the next two hours working to correct defensive concerns. After the workout, James twice used expletives during his session with reporters when asked the source of the team’s poor play. The early-season problems aren’t new for the Heat, who were ranked 26th in points allowed through the end of November last season. That slow start eventually gave way to a 27-game winning streak and culminated in a second straight championship. But Spoelstra said last season’s performance has no bearing on this season’s challenge. The Heat spent the first week of training camp in the Bahamas focused exclusively on defensive drills and schemes.”

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  • LLC#12

    They could play like this till Christmas and they’d still be my favourites for the Chip.

  • JML-G

    tru

  • spit hot fiyah

    so if they have the same winning percentage by christmas they would be on pace for 47 wins. if the pacers keep playing this well (off course not as flawless as they have so far, but near the same level) would u still consider miami favorites?

  • Sizzle

    Just a thought, but I’d be curious to see how often does the team with the best record in the regular season also come away with the Chip.

    This is just a snapshot (past few seasons)

    2012-2013 Heat regular season best record (Miami Chip)
    2011-2012 Spurs/Bulls regular season best (Miami Chip)
    2010-2011 Bulls regular season best (Dallas Chip)
    2009-2010 Cavs regular season best (Lakers)
    2008-2009 Cavs regular season best (Lakers)
    2007-2008 Celtics regular season best (Boston Chip)
    2006-2007 Dallas regular season best (Spurs Chip)
    2005-2006 Pistons regular season best (Miami Chip)

    Last 8 seasons = 2 times regular season best record resulted in chip

    Love to see further stats….Anyone got a site that it is clear cut?

  • Castrovi

    He better be talking bout himself as well, after falling asleep on jeff green allowing him to get free like that.

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