Heat Turn Up The Defense To Punch Their Ticket Back To The Finals

Miami won last night and there was no question about it, but if they don’t pick up there game they may not see a Game 7 against the Spurs. Great post to read and learn more from. Orginally posted by the Hang Time Blog on NBA.com

NBA.com | Hang Time Blog

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MIAMI — The Miami Heat didn’t let Game 7 come down to shot-making. That’s a good thing, because they shot 39 percent.

The No. 1 defensive team in the league was the No. 2 defensive team on the floor on Monday, because the Heat found another level. And with a 99-76 victory over the Indiana Pacers, they’re moving on to The Finals for the third straight year. This game was about energy, on defense and on the glass. The Heat brought it from the start, reminding us how disruptive they can be when they enhance their speed and athleticism with relentless effort.

The Heat just haven’t been the defensive force that they were last season. Maybe it was a championship hangover or maybe their improved and top-ranked offense just didn’t need as much help to win games. They’ve been able to turn…

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