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Miami Heat Questioning Defensive Effort

Source: Joseph Goodman, Miami Herald

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LeBron James was angry and aggravated after Mondays practice, which included tough words by Heat coach Erik Spoelstra. James said there was no excuse for the Heats 4-3 record and did not soften his message for reporters when asked to pinpoint the teams shortcomings.

Were playing like [expletive] defensively right now, said James, who returned to his four-letter description of the Heats defense one more time for emphasis.

The Heats surprising 111-110 loss to the Celtics on Saturday offered the latest example. Bostons young players enjoyed wide-open lanes to the basket and easily earned open jumpers against the Heats sluggish defenders.

You have to constantly stay on top of it regardless of who you are, where youve been, what youve done, what youre doing and we have to work at it, Spoelstra said of the Heats defensive effort. Were not playing to our capability, so you have to stay on top of it.



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