Win Over Milwaukee Bucks Proves Little About Miami Heat Defense

By Shane Phillips
Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

It has been an uncomfortable few days for the Miami Heat after a disappointing 111-110 loss to the Boston Celtics and some criticism from LeBron James.

Yes, it hasn’t been the fluffy, sugarcoated start the defending champs were expecting this season, but there are still 74 games left on the NBA schedule.

For a team in disarray, there is no better cure than a blowout victory and that’s exactly what Miami got Tuesday night. The Heat dismantled the Milwaukee Bucks in front if a home crowd, 118-95, but the win doesn’t depict if any defensive changes have been made.

It was expected that Miami would manhandle the Bucks and it really is a weak barometer for judging the Heat defense, which is the biggest problem for the champs.

Who would have thought Miami’s defense would be the problem? Sure, we knew that rebounding would continue to be a struggle and we were skeptic about Dwyane Wade‘s knees, but no one thought the defense would be the issue.

Erik Spoelstraand the Heat bragged about all the defensive work they put in during training camp and they thrived all last season off the turnovers their defense forced. However, this season has seen a lethargic defense that is allowing 100 points per game.

It is hard to be successful when you give up 100 points, especially in the East where teams focus on their defense. What’s more frightening about two of the three losses is that they came at the hands of subpar teams. Miami lost to the reconstructed Philadelphia 76ers and the rebuilding Boston team. The Heat were expected to easily win both games, but instead stunned everyone when they rolled over and lost.

Obviously, there are some defensive issues to figure out in South Beach. Luckily, the season is young and Miami has dealt with player absences through eight games.

I am confident Miami will figure out their defense and return to championship form. The question is: When?

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

The defending NBA Champion Miami Heat continue to struggle on defense but will surely figure get their act together soon enough. Make sure to watch all season as the Heat try to threepeat by getting your Heat tickets today.

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