But in the midst of a 5-0 start, the Heat ran into an energetic Atlanta Hawks team that was able to stop Miami by playing a zone defense. It's no secret that Miami struggles against a zone, and some people seem to think they’ve found the kryptonite to bring the team down. But all a zone means is that the Heat is too much of a handful for teams to guard one-on-one. And the more zone defenses the Heat sees, the better the team will become at combating them, which means it’ll eventually be a futile gesture. The moral of this story: Prepare your anus, NBA!
The Heat will host the San Antonio Spurs Tuesday at the American Airlines Arena.
Tue., Jan. 17, 7:30 p.m., 2012