Stat of the Week: Miami Heat’s defense among best in NBA

Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) drives to the basket as Miami Heat guard Josh Richardson defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016, in Miami. The Heat defeated the Bucks 96-73. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) drives to the basket as Miami Heat guard Josh Richardson defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016, in Miami. The Heat defeated the Bucks 96-73. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

MIAMI — Despite the Heat’s current 3-8 record, they are among the best teams in the NBA on one side of the floor.

Miami’s aggressive and physical defense is the reason it has been outscored by an average of just 0.7 points per game despite its disappointing start to the season.

Just how good has the Heat’s defense been? Take a look at our stat of the week …

41.5: This is what opponents are shooting against the Heat’s defense this season — 41.5 percent. That’s a very impressive number that has the Heat tied with the Clippers (10-2) for the best field-goal percentage defense in the NBA. Miami’s paint defense is a big reason for its success. The Heat are holding opponents to an NBA-best 50 percent shooting inside the restricted area. And Miami has limited opponents to 46.7 percent shooting inside the paint. You can thank center Hassan Whiteside for that. Players are shooting 13.3 percent less than their normal field goal percentage within six feet of the basket when defended by Whiteside.

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