Chris Bosh Says Miami Needs to Attack the Rim More Against Thunder

by June 13, 2012

Chris Bosh saw too many ill-advised jump shots from his team in their Game 1 loss to the OKC Thunder last night, and says that the Miami Heat need to focus on getting to the hoop in Game 2. Per ESPN: “One game is all the Thunder won on Tuesday in protecting their home court at the outset of the series. But the outcome of that singular performance shows that Miami’s Game 1 strategy might not keep them competitive, let alone win it. And as a result, Erik Spoelstra immediately went into adjustment mode because this way of doing things grew stale in a hurry. Spoelstra hinted at three vital adjustments the Heat might make for Game 2 as they attempt to steal one of the first two before the series shifts to Miami for the next three. It starts with Chris Bosh, who could regain his starting assignment after struggling to find his rhythm off the bench Tuesday against the Thunder. Bosh had big moments in Game 7 of the Boston series as a reserve, but it might be time to get him going from the opening tip against the Thunder. Bosh was never a factor Tuesday. His long jumpers didn’t fall consistently, he didn’t attack well enough to get to the free throw line and he grabbed only five rebounds despite playing 34 minutes in his fourth game back from an abdominal injury. ‘We will be able to get him closer to his game,’ Spoelstra said of Bosh. ‘He’s been very accepting of just trying to fit in. But I think we’re going to need more from him offensively and try to get him in spots where he is able to be aggressive — right before he got hurt — at a high level.’ The same plan the Heat had to spread the floor against Boston by spotting shooters up on the perimeter didn’t go over as well against the Thunder. Bosh agrees that a more aggressive approach needs to be taken into Game 2. ‘We have to do a better job of executing our offense,’ Bosh said. ‘Sometimes we have to attack the rim, because if you’re not making shots and you’re shooting jumper after jumper, (Oklahoma City) is getting out in the open court, and that’s what they do.’ Another tweak Spoelstra mentioned was the need to expand his playing rotation. Miami relied primarily on six players, with Bosh being the lone reserve to log more than 10 minutes.”