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The Miami Heat are in no way, shape or form desperate. But, defensively? You could make a case for that.
The Heat have arguably been the best and most consistent defensive team in the NBA over the past two seasons. Since LeBron James and Chris Bosh arrived in South Beach to pair up with Dwyane Wade, the team's mindset has been defense first.
Defense was the Heat's blueprint in their championship run last season, and it has been a motto for the team.
Suddenly, Miami's defense has gone from suffocating to any random bench player may have a career night against them this year.
The Heat still have the ability to suffocate opposing offenses due to their unique athletic ability across the roster, but it usually comes at a cost. When they lock down the paint, open three-point shooters have been scorching them. When they are effectively guarding the perimeter, team's are having a field day inside the paint.
According to teamrankings.com, Miami's opponents rack up 26.7 percent of their points from three pointers, which is second worst in the league. The Heat also allow 40.9 points per game in the paint.
This isn't to say the Heat are desperate and need a radical defensive alteration, because they are still 11-3, and there is no reason to be desperate with that record.
But, if any team could be successful with the full-court press, it's the Miami Heat. More often that not, James and Wade act as the Heat's backcourt, both bringing up the ball on offense, as well as guarding point guards that Mario Chalmers cannot on defense.
While the Heat have obviously been outstanding in clutch time this season, and shown the ability to clamp down defensively in order to pull out a victory, they've been bailed out by Ray Allen's unbelievably clutch shooting more than anything.
Allen will eventually miss the big shot, and the Heat will need to rely on staunch defense and getting turnovers to win close games. If James and Wade utilize the full-court press during clutch time, opponents would have a very difficult time bringing the ball up the floor against two elite defenders.
Obviously, Miami wouldn't want to employ this too often so they don't expend too much energy, but the press could be a very successful strategy in select late-game scenarios or times when the Heat are simply getting rained on from all areas of the floor.