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Carlos Boozer: The Heat have two great players

May 13, 2011, 10:20 AM EDT

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Let the war of words begin.

After the Bulls eliminated the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday in convincing fashion, thoughts turned to the next series and the Miami Heat. How do you beat the Heat’s big three?

Except Carlos Boozer doesn’t really see it that way, according to a tweet from Shandel Richardson of the Sun Sentinel.

Carlos Boozer says the Heat have two great players. Hmm, which member of the Big 3 did he leave out?

I have a guess!

Chris Bosh is going to be a big part of the Heat’s attack in this series. For one, he has to provide some points in paint in this series while likely having Joakim Noah on him. More interestingly, Bosh sets a lot of high screens for the Heat but Noah is one of the better pick-and-roll defending big men in the league. Bosh needs to find a way to make him pay for hard hedges out to stop the ball handler (usually Dwyane Wade or LeBron James).

If Bosh isn’t a great player this series, the Bulls will have a big advantage.

  1. phintasm - May 13, 2011 at 10:42 AM

    And the Bulls have one…

    Boozer may want to contribute in more than one game before he throws jabs at a player that’s been FAR more consistent than him throughout the year.

    • dgforreal - May 13, 2011 at 11:42 AM

      This is a post from another forum that touches on the matter of consistency with Bosh vs Boozer. Not my words and I don’t agree or disagree but thought the information was interesting enough to pass along:

      I like how you argue that Bosh is a star and Boozer is a role player because of “consistency”. You are citing consistency over 10 games dude. Let me just compare Boozer to Bosh in your argument of double doubles.

      This season (these stats are from ESPN.com):
      Boozer had 30 double-doubles in 59 games.
      Bosh had 28 double-doubles in 77 games.

      Last year, Boozer had 55 while Bosh had 49.
      The year before, Boozer was injured but both averaged about a double-double every other game.

      If you want to talk about consistency, I wouldn’t rag on the guy who dropped 2.0 points /1.5 rebounds (Boozer) from last season, but rather go for the guy that dropped 5.4points/2.5 rebounds (Bosh).

      • phintasm - May 13, 2011 at 12:57 PM

        Bosh is also the 3rd option on a team (after being the ONLY option for years in Toronto).

        Boozer was supposed to be the 2nd option in Chicago.

        So, Miami’s 3rd option puts up comparable numbers to Chicago’s 2nd.

        Again, Boozer should shut up.

      • savocabol1 - May 13, 2011 at 1:13 PM

        Your response to dgforreals response makes no sense. step up your game.

      • helinhater - May 13, 2011 at 11:58 PM

        If the remarkably uneducated and fair-weather fans of the Salami Heat truly believe Boozer is the Bulls second option then you, my Ed Hardy-wearing friend are an idiot.

        Phintasm – You’re who I’m speaking about.

        Rose is Option 1

        Deng is Option 2

        Boozer is Option 3

        But hey – thanks for proving you’re the load your mother should have swallowed.

  2. fouldwimmerlaik - May 13, 2011 at 10:46 AM

    The Tweet said “Carlos Boozer says the Heat have two great players. Hmm, which member of the Big 3 did he leave out?”

    I am pretty sure everyone knows the answer to that.

    • hdanger10 - May 13, 2011 at 11:12 AM

      The actual quote didn’t leave anything to question. Boozer himself said Dwade and LeBron right after he said two great players.

  3. edmazeing1 - May 13, 2011 at 10:52 AM

    EDmazeing: The Bull have one great player!!!……i wonder who could it be???

  4. granadosm - May 13, 2011 at 11:26 AM

    its funny who the comments are coming from. he sure hasn’t lived up to the money he is being paid

  5. kyleortonsarm - May 13, 2011 at 11:30 AM

    I guess coming from a guy who was stupid enough to play for the Utah Jazz, that’s no surprise. Maybe he should worry about his team and the fact that they have the “Big One”.

    • savocabol1 - May 13, 2011 at 1:16 PM

      Stupid enough to join a perennial playoff team for a boat load of cash? Right, real stupid.

      • kyleortonsarm - May 13, 2011 at 8:36 PM

        For all the good it did him. I like that big Utah Jazz Championship ring he’s got on. Oh wait…

      • philtration - May 13, 2011 at 10:12 PM

        And how many rings does LeBron have?

      • helinhater - May 14, 2011 at 12:02 AM

        HAHAHAHAh KyleOrtonsArm – I’ve already dressed you down on here before because youre a raging idiot but let’s do it again.

        1) Again – What self respecting human being names his handle after Kyle Orton? Seriously…That, in and of itself, is absurd.

        2) You do realize Lebron doesn’t have a ring…Karl Malone doesnt…Barkley doesnt…

        To sit here and think you’re being witty with your comments is unbelievably stupid. You’re just reinforcing what everyone here already thinks of you. You clearly do not understand the NBA…You obviously are unaware of the Championship disparity between the Celtics/Lakers/Bulls and everyone else…

        Ultimately, I don’t know why i’m wasting my time with a moron like you.

    • neeciekay - May 16, 2011 at 11:53 AM

      Playing for ANY NBA team is a priviledge. So, for you: “kyleortonsarm” to say he was stupid to lay for the Utah Jazz, proves your obvious: bias, jealously, lack of lustre, and down right unfounded stupidity!! Boozer does not have to “worry about his team”, that continues to take care of itself!! And contrary to popular belief, the MVP Mr. Derric Rose is not our only big “one”, if that was the case then Miami should’ve been successful in pulling off the win in game 1!! Mr. MVP did his thing, and reached his regular season scoring average, but, it was the SECOND UNIT AND SUPPORT OF DENG, NOAH, GIBSON, AND BOOZ THAT SOIDIFIED THE WIN!! Get it right hater, before you start spewing idiotic statements. I know you’re hurt because the Heat got blew out. But, get used to it, as long as the Chicago Bulls are in the East, the Heat will not prevail. Unless of cousre, they go out and buy some more all-stars!! LOL, I love it!! Lil dogg, beats “big dogg”!!! That’s what they get for crying and huggin after beating a batter and bruised Boston Celtics!! Premature celebration, AS IF they’d actually won anything! What a joke!!

  6. pepesmith88 - May 13, 2011 at 11:35 AM

    Must be the high he got after winning the previous game. Boozer looked like a blabbering idiot repeating phrases after the post-game interview.

    He must’ve repeated “I’m gettin better..Playing off my teamates..looking forward to the next round..” at least thrice in one sentence.

    Or maybe it’s because of the turf toe meds he’s on

    • savocabol1 - May 13, 2011 at 1:18 PM

      I am not trying to defend boozer, but you could literally insert any players name with the quotes you gave. That is all you hear when they do on court interviews. Thats why shaq was the best, dropping f-bombs and smiling in the camera.

  7. bils293 - May 13, 2011 at 11:36 AM

    boozer is useless..leave the trash talking for players with talent to back it up

  8. dexterismyhero - May 13, 2011 at 11:41 AM

    He has a big van he calls the “Boozer Cruzer”.

    1 game Carlos….You showed up in 1 game…..

  9. pl4tinum514 - May 13, 2011 at 11:48 AM

    Betrayal Skull Dude better step his game up now!

  10. mondzy805 - May 13, 2011 at 11:54 AM

    A true statement. Miami does have only 2 stars. Like Boozer, Bosh is extremely overpaid. How’s is it that Miami highest paid player, is their third best player.

    • torotrigger - May 13, 2011 at 12:09 PM

      id build a team around Bosh any day before id want boozer as even my 2nd option.

      • fouldwimmerlaik - May 13, 2011 at 12:50 PM

        That worked well for Toronto. Derp.

      • savocabol1 - May 13, 2011 at 1:20 PM

        +2 fouldwimmerlaik

        BOOM…..ROASTED

      • daduts - May 13, 2011 at 1:40 PM

        @fouldwimmerlaik: And you think that if it was Carlos Boozer instead of Bosh in Toronto, they would’ve done better? Step up your game son.

      • fouldwimmerlaik - May 13, 2011 at 1:47 PM

        To my little daduts:

        No, I wouldn’t want to build a team around either Bosh or Boozer. The point is, Bosh isn’t a “Big Three”. He is a role player much as Boozer is. That was the point of Boozer’s comment. The Heat have two good players. Bosh isn’t one of them.

        Now go put your Heat jammies on and dream Bosh is really something.

        STEP UP YOUR GAME SON!

  11. edweird0 - May 13, 2011 at 12:10 PM

    Boozer might talk all the crap he wants but aside from consistency, Bosh has done one thing that Boozer has failed to do in these playoffs. That’s making the clutch basket at the RIGHT time. Bosh may not have put up awesome stats this series but he most deff came thru for the Heat when it mattered most.

  12. rickmirer - May 13, 2011 at 3:05 PM

    The bulls only have one good player

    • philtration - May 13, 2011 at 10:23 PM

      Then why did they win all three games against Miami this season and make them cry?

      • hnirobert3 - May 14, 2011 at 12:22 AM

        THE REGULAR SEASON MEANS NOTHING. DID YOU SEE THE HEAT/CELTS PLAYOFF SERIES?

    • neeciekay - May 16, 2011 at 12:01 PM

      rickmirer, it’s now your turn to get a reality awakening!! If the Bulls only had one good player, they would not be the the #1 seed, have the best record in the league, and continually put a hurtin on every team all you haters pick them to lose!! You sound so stupid!! That’s why Miami is NOT goin to win this series, because the Bulls DO have not one, not two, but 10 good players!! Operating as a single unit, not a one or 2-man band as Miami does on a regular basis!! Dude, get off the stage if you can’t make educated and provable points!! HOW LAME ARE YOU!!???

  13. kinggw - May 13, 2011 at 5:54 PM

    Boozer is mad because nobody wanted him. Boozer wanted to go to Miami, in fact his last season in Utah, he talked about it all season long. Miami got their man in Bosh. Boozer was never really considered. Chicago also wanted Bosh, not Stoudemire, not Boozer, Boozer was the backup, backup plan. All of sudden haters want to act as if Bosh is Big Baby. Bosh is much better than Boozer ever will be. He doesnt put up 20 and 10 every night because he doesnt have to. Bosh is a six time all star, when they have needed him he has been there. It wasnt Wade or James who sealed game 4 in Boston, it was Bosh. Bosh isnt terribly flashly, but he’s solid. And I dont think a tweet from an envious player who wishes that he was in Bosh’s position is going to change that.

    • goforthanddie - May 13, 2011 at 6:55 PM

      “And I dont think a tweet from an envious player who wishes that he was in Bosh’s position is going to change that.”
      Aren’t they in exactly the same position? Eastern Conference Finals?

    • neeciekay - May 16, 2011 at 12:05 PM

      SCREW THE PAST AND WHAT BOOZER MAY HAVE WANTED IN THE PAST!!! The fact of the matter is this: THE BULLS NOW HAVE BOOZER, HE’S HAPPY AND FITS IN WITH THE MASTERPLAN! So, all you Boozer-haters go take a short walk, on a long pier!!

      • neeciekay - May 16, 2011 at 12:10 PM

        LOL, I meant to say: ALL YOU BOOZER HATERS GOT TAKE A LONG WALK ON A SHORT PIER!!! Sorry about the intraversions, all these haters got me hyped up!! Cant wait till game 2 in the UC, MAD HOUSE ON MADISON BAYBEE, GO BULLS!!!

  14. dgbk - May 13, 2011 at 7:20 PM

    Where were all these bosh fans when he was on the raptors?? i will say him and bosh are on the same lvl. So i see nothing wrong with the statement there are 3 great players in the series. (rose,wade,lebron)

    • borderline1988 - May 17, 2011 at 7:44 PM

      Bosh and Boozer utilize different styles for PFs, but Bosh is almost certainly more skilled. Bosh’s career numbers aren’t that much better than Boozer, but Boozer has played only with the league’s best PG’s (while Bosh got career backups).
      When Boozer was on Utah, half his points came from finishing layups off his point guard’s passes. If Boozer really had to create his own offense, he would be a 15 and 10 guy. Boozer can hit shots and finish in traffic, but isn’t that good at taking his man one on one. You can make him totally ineffective by doubling him, and he isn’t a good enough passer to make teams pay for it.

      But nonwithstanding that Bosh is better than Boozer, you can argue that Boozer would’ve been a better fit in Miami than Bosh, because of his ability to set screens, roll, and finish in traffic. Bosh is less effective without the ball in his hands, although it seems like he’s improving in that area. And he has come up with some clutch baskets in the 4th quarter of some games.

  15. chicagofan - May 13, 2011 at 8:35 PM

    Bosh turned down Chicago and thank goodness he did. He claimed to want to lead a team to the title and had a perfect opportunity to do that in Chicago. Boozer was cheaper and has been a better player than Bosh. As for the comparison of their stats, the only one that matters is the Bulls have the best record in the NBA with Boozer–team win/loss results are the only one that counts.He is too soft a player to be effective inside where Miami really needs him. They should call him Chrissy Bosh….and we will starting Sunday night. PS. yes we Chicagoans are still bitter that D Wade and Lebronze turned is down and intend to show them they made a mistake.

    • philtration - May 13, 2011 at 10:28 PM

      I am not bitter.
      Bosh is soft and it not even in the same league as Wade or LeBron.
      They all signed together and it has not gotten them any further than the Bulls so far.
      Was Wade staying in Miami the Bulls loss or will it eventually become Wade’s?
      If the Bulls win this series there is no way that he does not look in the mirror and wonder why he did not come back to Chicago.

      • hnirobert3 - May 14, 2011 at 12:28 AM

        He wouldn’t do that. Do you even remember him ripping the Bulls organization prior to free agency? It’s kinda telling that MJ doesn’t want anything to do with that organization and it took Pip and the Bulls 10+ years to fix that relationship. Go ahead and click thumbs dumb. The truth hurts.

      • philtration - May 14, 2011 at 12:47 AM

        What truth is that?
        The one you like to believe in?

        Jordan and Pippen’s problem was with Jerry Krause and rightfully so but he has been gone for a long time. The truth is that the Bulls have taken better care of their ex-players than most teams but you obviously don’t know about that.
        Ask John Paxson, Bill Cartwright, Craig Hodges, Pete Meyers and others if they have not been given opportunities with the team after their playing days were over.
        Ask Cartwright who paid for his throat surgery.

        Of course Wade tried ripping them.
        He did not want anyone signing with the Bulls since they were going to be competition in the East.
        If you believe that Miami’s history in the NBA is anywhere close to the Bulls then you are delusional.

  16. philtration - May 13, 2011 at 10:21 PM

    So Boozer says that Miami has two great players and this is him talking smack?
    All because he did not say that Bosh is a great player and kiss his booty too?

    He is not.
    Toronto was 278-378 while he was their “star” and they never won a playoff series.
    Boo hoo.
    Big bad Boozer stating what everyone but Miami fans already know.

    • hnirobert3 - May 14, 2011 at 12:26 AM

      You obviously don’t live in South Florida. Our ignorant fans (yes, I’m calling out my fellow Heat “fans” because even I know 80% of them are band waggoners) have been calling for a Bosh trade since the first game of the season. I’m willing to give the dude a season. However, I think someone like Luis Scola would be an upgrade and if I was Pat, I’d see about that trade, irregardless of how Bosh performs during the remainder of the playoffs. Luis Scola has Horace Grant written all over him which is what you need when you have two elite players on your team running your offense.

      • pl4tinum514 - May 16, 2011 at 12:42 PM

        The only thing Luis Scola has all over him is pesto.

  17. roachouse - May 17, 2011 at 8:25 PM

    I like all the other bigs on Chicago are better than
    Boozer. I think they would still be in control of this series without Boozer’s spotty contribution. After the young guys wear the interior down, the middle is softened up for Boozer to have his way. Not impressed..

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