Celtics Vs. Heat: Lack Of Defense Costs Miami The Game

It would be easy to lay the blame for the Miami Heat's loss to the Boston Celtics at LeBron James' feet. It would also be easy to lay blame at the LeBron/Dwyane Wade/Chris Bosh trio's ability to play well together offensively. But really, the Heat's shortcomings were all on the defensive end.

Miami allowed Boston to score 120.4 points per 100 possessions, which is completely unacceptable. They enabled Boston to shoot nearly 55 percent from the field, surrendering wide open look after wide open look. SB Nation's Heat blog Peninsula is Mightier was also confused about why the Heat didn't play good defense last night.

I was pretty surprised that Miami was able to get even closer because their defense was just so bad.  Possession after possession Boston was getting easy bucket after easy bucket, and it just makes you wonder what happened to that stifling Heat D that led the league not long ago.     

The obvious explanation is that Miami got pushed around, but really, they were just a step slow on their rotations. Wade did a very poor job of staying with Ray Allen, and that really cost the Heat.

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