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Friday, January 27th, 2012 at 10:40 am  |  27 responses

Miami Heat Benefitting from a More Aggressive Chris Bosh


Dwyane Wade’s extended stint on the injured list has forced the Miami Heat to look elsewhere for firepower, which Chris Bosh has been more than happy to supply. Per the Miami Herald: “The guy is shooting 71.1 percent over his past two games and hasn’t missed a three-pointer or a free throw. Bosh made his first seven shots on Wednesday against Detroit, finishing with 27 points on 12-of-15 shooting. He was 1 of 1 from three-point range (2 of 2 in his past two games) and 2 of 2 from the free-throw line (16 of 16 in his past two games). He scored 62 points in the Heat’s back-to-back games against the Cavaliers and Pistons and is averaging 26.7 points since Dwyane Wade went down with a sprained ankle. ‘He’s just being aggressive — not thinking, taking the game on his shoulders and being the player that he’s capable of being,’ forward Udonis Haslem said. ‘Sometimes I think when Dwyane is in or all the Big 3 guys are together, he has a tendency to be a little passive, and I think he’s just being aggressive now.’ Bosh’s development goes beyond the numbers, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. The Heat’s power forward has emerged as a bona fide team leader in the six games without Wade. ‘The most powerful thing that he did [Tuesday] — and everyone looks at the 35 points and the 17 points he scored in the fourth quarter — but the thing I noticed the most is his disposition and his voice to start the second half,’ Spoelstra said after the Heat’s victory over the Cavaliers on Tuesday night. ‘We needed a spark, and he was very loud with all the defensive rotations. Anytime anything good happened, he was the one that was communicating that to all the players, and I think everyone fed off that energy.” This is the player the Heat imagined when Miami convinced Bosh during the 2010 free agency period that he didn’t have to play third fiddle to LeBron James and Wade. Finally, it appears Bosh is coming into his own since joining the Heat. It only took an injury to Wade for it to happen. ‘We told [Bosh], he’s a two-way player,’ Spoelstra said Wednesday. ‘He has to prove it. That’s one of the reasons we went after him in free agency. It’s because he has the ability to do it on both ends.”

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  • BRAVO

    Chris bosh needs to slam more and go back to his double double days

  • stlheatmaniac

    lBJ A MONSTA, BOSH A MONSTA AND WE GOT A HURT MONSTA ON THA BENCH LHH

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    Beast

  • James Aka…

    Making him a third wheel is such a waste of his talents. He’s a mediocre defensive guy, with a good outside shot who needs to score in volume to maximize his possible contribution. With him expected to clean up lunch for lebron and wade, what he does best is diminished, and what he doesn’t do well is focused on. It seems that the real problem with the big 3 is that wade and lebron aren’t as complimentary as had been hoped. Bosh would compliment either one well, but it would make a lot of sense to trade him for a couple of pieces to suite wade and lebron more (they should trade wade since he’s older, and since lebron can do everything he does a little better)

  • T-Money

    wow, james. your analysis is so far off that i don’t know where to begin.

  • vtrobot

    It’s Bosh’s team.

  • Kabraham

    trading wade would show how cutthroat the business really is. that would be a dirty ass move.

  • quest

    chris bosh is more than a mediocre defender actually he has quick feet on screens and post moves. he doesnt block shots but he does clog the lane well.i like the big 3 together though, lebron kinda plays like a rich mans hedo turkgolu and makes the whole operation work. if we would cut a little more and be a better 3 pt shooter i think he would play better off wade when its crunch time though because bosh is a such a threat with his shot and ability to take one drible and get to the hole

  • AQWORD

    all the Bosh hataz , stay down & lay down, u aint got Nathan like my homeboy from college. Bosh b killin & wheres all that amare would have been a better choice talk now ? Thats right in da gutta with yall. HA HA like da Simpsons beehaches !!

  • 23

    trading wade for lets say “robin lopez and steve nash, or grant hill” or to den for “nene and lawson, or danillo” would be excellent! not ever gonna happen, but dannng that would be sweet! mia will be loyal to wade. but we all know the heat is best when lebrons at his best. and lebrons at his best when he is the man out there. with bosh as his partner they could rack up some rings. anyone remember right befoe the decision, lebron was trying to talk bosh into comming to cleveland??? that wouldve been nice as well. yes i am a biased lebron fan.

  • LA Huey

    Bosh is an above average defender. Anyone who disagrees doesn’t understand that playing defense in basketball is more than just steals and blocks.

  • MUBWAR

    mediocre defender? he average 1.2 steal n 1.1 block a game. what’s blake’s numbers(.8 n .6), or love(1s n .6) or LA(1s n .7b). spolstra also improved bosh 1 on 1 d

  • Ldub

    ^^^cosign with LA Huey.
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    in addition…Bosh is a third option because Wade and James are so ball dominant. Anyone who plays ball, or has played ball (with a significant role on the team) knows that there is a rhythm and flow to the game. When you dont get your touches, it screws all that up. None of these players are selfish…and IMO, that may be the biggest issue. No one is willing to be aggressive when all 3 are playing. When its 2 out of the 3, then its on and poppin. Figuring out how to play with 3 stars isnt all that hard, and Miami is still trying to find out how to make it click. But it will happen. SOONER than later.

  • Brion

    @quest, how is Bron like Turkolu?

  • Jeremy

    Like a B O $ H , I’m glad the haters aren’t out this post. Watchin him for 7 years in T.O and he is a beast, an underappreiated + underrated beast

  • AQWORD

    ^^^ Amen to that. ^^^

  • tomtom

    lol i can’t even say otherwise any more, he is proving it this year.

  • http://www.optimabbc.be Max

    Shut the haters up
    Like a BO$H!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qeLRym4Q-pg nbk

    cosign T-Money.

  • Hanoon

    hey shaq, how does bosh’s ass taste?

  • MLK4Life

    Bosh is a bad man. Casual fans hating on players just cuz its the thing to do always amuse me.

  • http://dodgers.com Joey E.

    will he be aggressive when wade comes back?

  • Riggs

    @Hanoon: why are you asking shaq? bosh won something yet?

  • Justin G.

    @Joey…haven’t seen the shot totals but I know that Wade scored 28 tonight and Bosh only 13. The way Bosh has been playing lately those numbers should be flipped but I didn’t see the game so I don’t know how the game went. I’m glad to see Bosh showing how good he is so I don’t have to read the “Amare and Kevin Love are better than Bosh” crap on here

  • Anthony Jay

    Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a Bosh hater, in fact I think Bosh is becoming a great player, but he’s still an average 1 on 1 defender. We’re not talking TEAM defense. If the best player on the opposing team was a PF or C, I wouldn’t ask Bosh to “shut’em down” because I know it won’t happen. Again, dood is stepping it up and that’s a result of being in this system for another year. Who knows, he might become a great or even elite defender. He just ain’t that guy now.

    Also, while I do agree that getting rid of Wade be a def slap in the face to him, he’s still going to get paid no matter where he lands. This is Lebron’s team now. D-Wade needs to polish his jumper and accept that his body can’t handle driving to the paint and dunking on people like he used to. If I’m James or Bosh, I’m telling dood to chill out, drive smarter or spot up for a J. Look at Kobe and even D-Rose, they both figured out you gotta be more dynamic. Miami could use a PG or even a real C. A center who doesn’t command the ball as much as Wade and Lebron do. Of course a PG would need to control the rock and setup the offense, but if they had another shooter and steady ball handler or a man down low who can pass out a create shots for them it’s over (a la Gasol or Timmy D). Roy Hibbert didn’t get an extension so who know what next year brings.

  • Anthony Jay

    Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a Bosh hater, in fact I think Bosh is becoming a great player, but he’s still an average 1 on 1 defender. We’re not talking TEAM defense. If the best player on the opposing team was a PF or C, I wouldn’t ask Bosh to “shut’em down” because I know it won’t happen. Again, dood is stepping it up and that’s a result of being in this system for another year. Who knows, he might become a great or even elite defender. He just ain’t that guy now. Also, while I do agree that getting rid of Wade be a def slap in the face to him, he’s still going to get paid no matter where he lands. This is Lebron’s team now. D-Wade needs to polish his jumper and accept that his body can’t handle driving to the paint and dunking on people like he used to. If I’m James or Bosh, I’m telling dood to chill out, drive smarter or spot up for a J. Look at Kobe and even D-Rose, they both figured out you gotta be more dynamic. Miami could use a PG or even a real C. A center who doesn’t command the ball as much as Wade and Lebron do. Of course a PG would need to control the rock and setup the offense, but if they had another shooter and steady ball handler or a man down low who can pass out a create shots for them it’s over (a la Gasol or Timmy D). Roy Hibbert didn’t get an extension so who know what next year brings.

  • Anthony Jay

    Didn’t mean to post twice. Haha!

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