Front Court Defense May Be Miami Heat's Biggest Defect

By Shane Phillips
Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The 2013 NBA Playoffs almost cut short the relationship between the “Big 3” and the Miami Heat. The champions saw the title flash before their eyes twice with both the Indiana Pacers and San Antonio Spurs pushing Miami to the brink of destruction.

What do those two teams have in common? They both have towering front courts that can score.

The inside game proved to be the Achilles heel of the Heat, and this season doesn’t look much different.

Miami started the season with a 107-95 victory over the Chicago Bulls. Chicago’s guards struggled on offense as they were hounded by double teams and traps, but Carlos Boozer had a field day.

Boozer had 31 points on 13-of-18 shooting. His performance exposed Miami’s biggest weakness: their front court.

Even though the Heat showed improvements in rebounding, the inside defense was bullied and pushed around.

If Boozer can have his way with this defense, imagine what Roy Hibbert, David West, Brook Lopez, Kevin Garnett, Tim Duncan and other big men can do.

So, what’s the answer to this problem?

Honestly, there is not an easy answer. Chris Bosh needs to toughen up and battle down low. Bosh and Chris Andersen both need to step up on the defensive end.

Erik Spoelstra might even want to give Joel Anthony a shot. He is a bit beefier and stronger than Bosh and Andersen. We have no idea what Greg Oden is capable of or when he will be capable, so why not give Anthony a shot?

Miami really does not have another option and the front court is obviously a weakness that can be exploited. Fix the problem now while it is early and mistakes are forgivable.

Shane Phillips is a Miami Heat Writer for Follow him on Twitter @Smphil01, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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