Posted October 04, 2013 on AP on Fox

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - FEBRUARY 07: Miami Heat Team President Pat Riley watches on the sideline prior to the start of Super Bowl XLIV between the Indianapolis Colts and the New Orleans Saints on February 7, 2010 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Defense is the primary focus of everything the Miami Heat does, and it's been that way since Pat Riley arrived. It might be more than a mantra this year. Miami started the season playing defense at a level that made no one in the organization happy last season, allowing 100.6 points per game, ranking only 23rd-best league-wide after 17 games. In the 65 games that followed, they gave up just 93.6 points per game, the fourth-best rate in the NBA over that span. Playing defense better from the start of the season has emerged as a top priority for the Heat, who left the Bahamas on Friday after wrapping up six practices of training camp that were devoted almost entirely to that end of the floor. ''We knew we didn't start off the season like we wanted to defensively,'' said Heat forward LeBron James, the league's two-time reigning MVP and a four-time winner of the award overall. ''But we knew. I think when you have a problem and you face it, it's very correctable, and we knew that. So...
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