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Miami needs to get Chris Bosh more shots

Jan 30, 2013, 3:52 PM EST

Quincy Acy, Chris Bosh AP

Chris Bosh is having his most efficient season ever — he is shooting 54.3 percent overall, which is right there with LeBron James (54.7 percent) and better than Dwyane Wade (50.8 percent). He’s shooting better from 16 feet and out than he has in his career, pulling opposing bigs away from the basket to create lanes for LeBron and Wade. Bosh has got a PER of 20.7, the highest he has had in Miami.

But the Heat tend to overlook their third star, especially when games get tight.

The ball is in the hands of LeBron most of the time, Wade some of the time, and they can create their own shot whenever they want. Bosh is there spacing the floor and grabbing boards, but as it has been since 2010 he can get overlooked for long stretches. Sunday in a game that went to overtime against Boston Bosh got three shots after halftime.

Everyone that the Miami Herald spoke with said that needs to change.

“He’s one of our best players, one of our best shooters. …Three shots is definitely not enough for him,” James said. “We’ve got to do a better job of just trying to find him…”

This season, Bosh is averaging 12.2 shot attempts per game. It’s the second-lowest average of his career next to his rookie season despite the fact that he’s shooting better than ever.

Erik Spoelstra said the problem is lack of ball movement.

“If it’s a zero-pass, one-pass shot, a lot of guys aren’t getting those opportunities. And we weren’t really forcing enough triggers for the ball to end up finding its way to Chris, where he can take advantage.”

Like any team, when the Heat are making the extra pass, when they are sharing things go well. Both LeBron and Wade had seven assists each against Boston, but the extra pass wasn’t there. And Bosh was left in the cold.

It’s a long season and the Heat know what to do. We’ll see through the rest of the season they can build the habits of making the extra pass they will need in the playoffs.

  1. cantonbound13 - Jan 30, 2013 at 4:17 PM

    There’s a good chance he will cry if they don’t. After all, he is a hall of famer. Lol!!!!!

  2. paintman34 - Jan 30, 2013 at 4:19 PM

    And LeBron has the ball every play so he could change that. And Wade at 15 shots is pretty low

    • eventhorizon04 - Jan 30, 2013 at 6:32 PM

      LeBron only gets 18 shots per game, so Wade at 15 is about what you’d expect for him as a second-option.

      The issue is the lack of shots for Bosh, who is the second-most efficient player on the team.

  3. fanofevilempire - Jan 30, 2013 at 4:59 PM

    you’d think a HOF could find his own shot once in a while.

  4. progress2011 - Jan 30, 2013 at 5:02 PM

    BOSH IS TOO FREAKIN WEAK !!!!

    LBJ will pass the ball to anybody! But Bosh typically does not have position.

    He is either being boxed under the rim or boxed out of the paint and doesn’t have a favorable position.

    The guy is a 150 limp noodle !!!! He is too small to play Center (Hibbert Dominated him) and too weak to play against the likes of Blake, Love, Garnett and any other true PF.

    Gasol is unhappy and being benched in L.A. Gasol would fill the middle just because he is a legit 7’0″ and other guys can’t shoot over him easily.

    Get your DVR out and see how Gasol was dominant in the Olympics….the guy still has game and will fill the needs in Miami that Bosh is too weak and too small to fill.

    TRADE BOSH FOR GASOL ……STRAT-UP !!! The salaries are in the same ball park to make a deal !

    • cosanostra71 - Jan 30, 2013 at 5:58 PM

      “TRADE BOSH FOR GASOL ……STRAT-UP !!!”

      I’m sure the Heat are all over that one. The salaries even work, why wouldn’t they!

    • kinggw - Jan 30, 2013 at 6:01 PM

      Let me get this right. Bosh is weak, but Gasol is a force to be reckoned with. If you believe that, there is a bridge I’d like to sell you.

      Gasol isnt that much bigger than Bosh. Between them there is a difference of one inch in height and 15 pounds. Bosh is 6’11 235 and Gasol is 7’0 250. Bosh may not be a great rebounder, but he is defensively superior to Gasol and its not close. Gasol is overrated. He is a soft Euro big man who is past his prime. If the Heat decide to move Bosh, I can promise you they’d do a lot better than Gasol.

      • eventhorizon04 - Jan 30, 2013 at 6:36 PM

        Agreed with kinggw – Bosh for Pau isn’t happening.

        The Heat’s identity is an athletic, up-tempo, defensively versatile team.
        Pau Gasol doesn’t fit that at all, and it’s not even close.

        In addition, Bosh’s role is as a floor spacer to open things up for Wade and LeBron. Meanwhile, Gasol acting as a floor-spacer for the Lakers is having one of the worst seasons of his career.

        No idea why anybody would suggest a trade of Gasol for Bosh.

      • progress2011 - Jan 30, 2013 at 6:51 PM

        event….horizon

        Not sure if you’ve ever watched the playoffs or the finals, in an NBA competition.

        BUT historically the game slows WAAAAAY down ! So, all the little cute “position-less” small ball goes out of the window !

        Successful teams have to be able to defend the paint……PERIOD !

        Last year the heat did a better job and actually played better under the basket ball. This year, as evidenced by being LAST in the league in rebounding…..they have taken a step back.

        There small ball “position-less” garbage simply wont work in a seven game series against the likes of The Thunder, The Clipper, The Spurs / Teams with seasoned and experienced big men!
        If the Heat don’t make some trades, you better hope LBJ can put up 50 a night (like in Cleveland) to keep the games close !

        Now you know…..school OUT !!!

      • cosanostra71 - Jan 30, 2013 at 7:11 PM

        I was being sarcastic. Gasol would not fit on Miami, progress.

      • progress2011 - Jan 30, 2013 at 7:36 PM

        cosa71,

        No need to call me out.

        I knew you were attempting to be cynical….It wasn’t me that gave you the thumbs up !!!

        I’ve provided enough FACTS in my follow up emails …providing education to the self proclaimed kinggw and events on the horizon….

        I suggest you read them as well.

        I welcome any FACTS (as opposed to fact less emotional tirades) you can provide to dispel or refute my FACTS.

  5. progress2011 - Jan 30, 2013 at 6:45 PM

    (self proclaimed) kinggw…..

    YUP ….you got it right….BOSH IS WEAK ! Which is why the Heat are last in the league in rebounding !

    Bosh is “supposed” to be the Big Man/ Center/ PF on the team but he is only averaging 7.5 RPG per game.
    LBJ is averaging 8.3 RPG per game, while running point, SG and SF !

    Gasol is averaging 8.0 RPG on limited minutes !

    Plus you got Gasols weight wrong ! Gasol weighs 275 during the season and is closer to 290 in the off season.
    Either you are uninformed or you intentionally reduced Gasols weight by 25lbs to attempt to justify your argument…which isn’t adding up FACTUALLY ….by the numbers !

    Lastly, look at the last 2 acquisitions the heat have picked up (Birdman & Varnado) because Bosh can’t control the paint because he is getting boxed under the rim !

    Gasol would be an upgrade to what the Heat need and Bosh is more of a finesse player and will fit better in what the lakers need.

  6. themagicfanguy - Jan 30, 2013 at 9:26 PM

    Progress, your “FACTS” aren’t relevant. Gasol doesn’t fit! Period! The Heat play a fast paced game, scoring in transition. Gasol is too old, too slow, and not good enough on defense. The only advantage he has over Bosh is his rebounding(which isn’t worth the trade), and his post moves(which MIA doesn’t use anyway). I know you want I get rid of Gasol, but you ain’t getting a player of Bosh’s caliber for an old albatross. You aren’t getting Josh Smith or Kevin Love either. You’re either stuck with him, or you’re not going to get much in return. Accept it. THOSE are “FACTS”. Plus Gasol is JUST as soft as Bosh, despite the extra weight.

    • progress2011 - Jan 31, 2013 at 6:34 AM

      magicfangirl…..

      Are you suggesting I’m a FAKER Fan…….AHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!

      I won’t waste time responding ! ahahahaha

  7. themagicfanguy - Jan 30, 2013 at 9:28 PM

    @Progress One last thing. If the Heat REALLY needed a big to compete in the playoffs, why’d they win last season? Your statement about the pace of the playoffs doesn’t matter. The Heat have ALREADY BEATEN the Thunder in a 7 game series playing small ball, yet you call it garbage? Learn the game of basketball, THEN comment.

    • progress2011 - Jan 31, 2013 at 6:39 AM

      fangirl

      Again…re-read my FACTS !

      For starters, I clearly stated the Heat have taken a step back from last year.

      THEY ARE LAST IN THE LEAGUE !!!! ahahahahaha !

      They were not last in the league last year….again as I stated. They have taken a step back.

      Plus, OKC is not the same team the Heat beat in the finals. They have matured an additional year and their confidence has grown exponentially.

      Hey….stick your head in the ground and pretend getting doubled up in rebounding is not an issue !!!

      Your ignorance about the game makes me laugh….The Heat will be sitting at home….crying with the FAKERS if you don’t address the rebounding situation !

  8. themagicfanguy - Jan 31, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    You’re a clown. Boston was past in rebounding last season, yet they went to game 7 o the ECF! You look at some stats on a piece of paper and think you know the game, even though you’ve probably never PLAYED it in your life.

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