The Miami Heat are an elite defensive team, they're just not playing like one right now.
LeBron James and company are currently allowing allowing 103.6 points per 100 possessions, 10th-worst in the league and a far cry from the 97.1 points (fourth-best in the NBA) they allowed last season.
The good news?
"There is a cloud over our team because we're not defending like we know we're capable of defending," James said. "We have some room for improvement. The good thing is we can be great. But right now, we're not good. We're not very good right now as a team and we've got to get to that point."
Admittance is the first step toward resolution. However, it's also the easiest step. What comes next is the hard part.
And what comes next is the Heat acknowledging where exactly they need to tighten up, and how they're going to do it.
All stats in this article are current as of Dec. 9, 2012.