Miami Heat Training Camp: A Focus on Defense

Jun 20, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; San Antonio Spurs power forward Tim Duncan (21) looks to drive against Miami Heat center Chris Bosh (1) during the third quarter of game seven in the 2013 NBA Finals at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Heat can score the rock, that much we know. They also showed they could play elite defense during 14-game span from the Eastern Conference Finals and NBA Finals last season.

However, that wasn’t always the case during the regular season. It took a while, three years, really, to see that defense from the Heat. During training camp in the Bahamas, a majority of the team’s work came on that end.

“We’ve really focused on our defense, finishing our defense, the toughness plays in the paint, blocking out, group rebounding,” coach Erik Spoelstra told Ethan J. Skolnick of Bleacher Report. “I would probably say 70 percent of our camp was defense, other than player development.”

It is not as if the Heat were incapable of stopping people. They finished fifth in the NBA in points allowed. But when people thought of the best defenses in the NBA, the first teams mentioned were the Memphis Grizzlies and Indiana Pacers. The Heat are capable of being the best team, defensively, on any given night. The goal is to put everything together consistently for the length of the regular season.

Not to mention that good defense leads to more fast breaks, and we all love that.

Topics: Miami Heat, Training Camp

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