What happened to Heat's title D?

Why the defending champions' defense ranks worse than the hapless Wizards'

Originally Published: December 20, 2012
By Tom Haberstroh | ESPN Insider

Maybe the Miami Heat's defense thinks the season kicks off on Christmas Day again, as was the case last season because of the lockout.

After two seasons ranked in the top five in defensive efficiency, the Heat find themselves 14th on that end of the floor. The defending champs have the league's fifth-best record at 16-6 and the sixth-best point differential (5.3 points).