NBA Breakdown – How To Light Up The Miami Heat Defense

March 14, 2014

The Miami Heat will definitely be going deep into the NBA playoffs. They have had another successful season, despite Dwyane Wade missing chunks of games due to injury. In the past, the Heat have been able to use their high pressure defense to force turnovers and get out on the fast break, resulting in easy scores for their wings. This has been a recipe for success.

The Heat are loaded with athleticism and versatility at most positions. This enables them to defend the pick and roll in a way that no one else in the league can. However, this may not necessarily be the best form of defense. When defending on balls screens, the Heat blitz the ball handler and double team them. This puts pressure on the ball handler, forcing a lot of turnovers. However, it also leaves the roll man wide open. Teams can exploit this weakness if they have a cool and calm point guard, and a skilled screen setter.

Another weakness of the Heat defense is that they can be overly aggressive, meaning the team is forced to rotate continuously around the perimeter. This often results in wide open three pointers, many of which come from the corners. It is a major flaw in the Heat’s defense, as the corner three is the best shot you could possibly get, besides an open layup. In the playoffs, it will be interesting to see if teams can exploit these weaknesses.

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