LeBron James has said in no uncertain terms that the Miami Heat need to improve as a defensive unit.
'King James', who has continued to be the key man for his side this season, has grown frustrated with the Heat's inability to prevent opposition teams from scoring.
The reigning NBA champs currently sit with a record of 4-3 from the opening seven fixtures of this campaign, which is hardly sparkling form for a team who are vying to complete a legendary three-peat success this year.
And James believes they need to sort out their defence if they're to dominate the league.
"These first seven games, we're playing like s**t, defensively. It's that simple. We're not a sugarcoat team. We came in and got right down to it," the power-forward said.
"We're terrible on defence, and we've got to change that."
The comments came following the Heats' 111-110 loss to the Boston Celtics on Saturday, where they allowed their opposition to overturn a four point deficit in the last 3.6 seconds.
According to ESPN, Miami top the table in terms of offensive efficiency, with the likes of Chris Bosh and LeBron James more than pulling their own weight in scoring points.
However defensively they've established an alarming trend of allowing rival teams to score big points against them, and sit 25th out of 30 teams in terms of defensive solidity.