Posted November 12, 2013

LeBron James blasts Heat defense

LeBron James, Miami Heat
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LeBron James (right) described the Heat defense as “terrible.” (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

During the preseason, the Heat talked about avoiding a repeat of last season’s slow start on the defensive end. The results haven’t matched the rhetoric.

LeBron James identified defense as the main reason for the two-time defending champions’ sluggish 4-3 start.

“It’s simple. These first seven games, we’re playing like s— defensively,” James said, according to ESPN.com. “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.”

The Heat entered Tuesday’s game against Milwaukee ranked 25th in points allowed per possession, according to ESPN.com’s figures, and 27th based on Basketball-Reference’s defensive efficiency calculations. Miami is also 26th in field-goal defense (47.3 percent) and 21st in points allowed (100.9). Those numbers help explain why the Heat are only a game above .500 despite leading the NBA in offensive efficiency.

James’ pointed comments came after the Heat allowed 111 points and 51.7 percent shooting to the Celtics, who won in Miami on Jeff Green’s last-second three-pointer Saturday. LeBron said the Heat have played “unmotivated basketball” the first two weeks of the season.

“I don’t know if it’s going through the motions, guys are injured, a long season, short summer, I don’t know what it is,” James said, per the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

On an individual level, James has made no secret of his desire to win the Defensive Player of the Year award. He was unhappy finishing second to Grizzlies center Marc Gasol in last season’s voting.

6 comments
OK
OK

Aww, Da Queen bes unhappy with her court.

Tsk tsk tsk

Maybe if Show Me Da Green Or I Ain't Playin' for Da Red, White, and Blue spent more time getting in shape for the Heat and Team USA and less time screaming, "Show me da money!!!!!!" and Da Little Bosh Woman spent more effort grabbing rebounds and less time whining to shoot threes, Da Queen would bes more satisfied with her court?

Michael223
Michael223

Miami will be in the finals again

Listening
Listening

Yeah that loss to Boston over the weekend was AWESOME!!!!!  Eat some more crow Queen LeBron.  LOL

Jeff37
Jeff37

@Listening Take your victories as you can get them...last I looked Miami is the 2 time defending champs..Boston is garbage.

Listening
Listening

@Jeff37 @Listening  

Boston just traded most of their team and Rondo is hurt....  hahahaha   Still beat Miami.  We will take the victory.  Thanks