The Miami Heat are still two-time defending champions. They still have the best player in the world in LeBron James. But after a 1-2 start to the 2013-14 NBA season, we’ve learned quite a bit about this Heat team.
Miami still ranks dead last in the NBA in rebounding (as it did during the 2012-13 season). Also, the defense has looked uncharacteristically shoddy and has contributed to losses as opposing teams continue to target Miami.
As two-time defending champs, the Heat are going to be challenged regardless of the opponent. They simply have to match that intensity, which hasn’t happened in the early going.
Not everything we learned was negative, but the Heat have fallen below .500 for the first time with the Big Three since losing the season opener in 2010-11.
It’s certainly not time to panic. The NBA season is in the very beginning stages at this point. However, Miami does have some aspects it needs to correct.
Note: This article was written prior to Miami’s home game against the Washington Wizards.