Miami Heat's Defense Will Play Major Role in Road to Victory

Brandon RibakSenior Writer IOctober 6, 2010

Defense wins games.

The Miami Heat‘s president Pat Riley preaches it and head coach Erik Spoelstra breathes it.

With so much offensive talent amongst the trio, most forget just how well the big three can defend on the other side of the court.

Since first entering the league, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh have each ranked as top leaders in steals and blocks per game at their respective positions.

James career average: 1.7 SPG and 0.9 BPG.

Wade career average: 1.8 SPG and 1.9 BPG.

Bosh career average: 0.8 SPG and 1.2 BPG.

With James playing the Magic Johnson role for Miami (the role he was born to play), No. 6 will let his instincts do the talking on offense, while the majority of his focus will be set on defense.

“That’s our No. 1 statement,”  forward LeBron James said of the Heat’s defense. “If we can get stops, which we know we can, and protect each other on the defensive end, we can get out and do some easy things on offense.”

The offensive game comes naturally for these superstars, but the other end of the floor is where superstars become winners.

“We know to be a good team we’re going to have to be a great defensive team,” guard Dwyane Wade said. “We understand that. That’s been our focal point. The intensity has continued to stay up.”

Is it a bold prediction to say that the Miami Heat will end the 2010-11 season as one of the most elite defensive teams in the league?

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