NEW: How did the Heat begin 2020? With a long training camp-like practice focused on ... defense https://t.co/4dKYPepXG8— Anthony Chiang (@Anthony_Chiang) January 1, 2020
Miami allowed 111.1 points per 100 possessions in December, which ranked 22nd in the NBA. The month included lackadaisical defensive performances against two sub-.500 teams, the Wizards and the Memphis Grizzlies. Those losses remain dark spots on an otherwise thrilling month of close wins.
One big area for Miami to work on is defending the 3-point line. The Heat lead the league in allowing “open” 3-point shots — when the nearest defender is 4-6 feet away from the shooter — at 16.4 attempts per game.
The Heat will play their first game of the new year Thursday at 7:30, hosting the Toronto Raptors.