5 Defining Miami Heat stats that explain the season so far, and where it's going

Jimmy Butler playing like a star, the Heat's improving defense and the Terry Rozier effect.

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Defensive rating

After a rough couple of months, the Heat rank eighth in defensive rating coming out of the break, allowing 113 points every possessions. 

Here’s how Miami’s defensive rating trended by month this season:

(The line going down is good)

The Heat have the league’s top defensive rating in February and should continue trending up as the season goes on, especially with Butler playing his best two-way basketball of the season. The additions of Rozier and Delon Wright will help Miami’s point-of-attack defense going forward, too.