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Heat plan to get Chris Bosh some touches on the block

Jun 8, 2013, 12:30 PM EST

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MIAMI — It is one of the key images out of Game 1 of the NBA Finals — the Heat are down four late, LeBron James drives into the paint and rather than shoot over the help defender he dishes back to a wide open Chris Bosh at the three point line. The Spurs don’t close at all, basically giving him the shot. And he clanked it. Bosh was 1-of-5 shooting in the fourth quarter.

In Game 1, Chris Bosh was 1-of-4 in the paint and 0-of-3 from three. He was 5-of-8 from the midrange and particularly hot from the right elbow area.

The Heat are going to need more from Bosh if they are going to come back from down 0-1 to beat a balanced Spurs team. Coach Erik Spoelstra said Friday his goal is to get Bosh going.

“But he’s been our most important player,” Spoelstra said. “We still run much of our offense through him. We need to get him in areas he can be aggressive and get paint catches. That will be one of the bigger areas of focus I’ll have in the next two days.”

Bosh, for his part, plans to take what the defense gives him.

“Well, I mean, they can give it to me, I’ll take it,” Bosh said. “I’ll take any open shot. I just missed a couple I think one was a bad shot. I probably could have had a better option. If they want to leave me open, then that’s cool with me.”

Getting Bosh a couple touches in the post is not a bad call, but both Tim Duncan and Tiago Splitter are good post defenders. What worked last game was Bosh in the midrange — get him shots at the right elbow area. A couple baseline jumpers. Let him slash to the basket off the ball from there and catch rolling to the rim. That will start to boost his confidence.

And when he is knocking down shots, the Heat become exponentially harder to beat.

  1. ajx007 - Jun 8, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    So in game two, we should expect both a more aggressive Lebron; with more touches for Chris Bosh. Perhaps more cuts to the basket for Wade, and more three point attempts for Allen and Miller as well? And maybe, if we’re lucky- more sideline pacing for Eric Spoelstra.

  2. topdawg4ever - Jun 8, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    Bosh obviously does not need more touches! He needs to stop hanging around the perimeter and go to the paint.

    Since it seems Bosh is OK being mediocre, let him sit and start Anderson instead.

    • jacksonkane - Jun 9, 2013 at 2:24 AM

      I’ve actually wondered why they haven’t considered this. Birdman has such a better motor. I think he lacks the overall offensive ability of Bosh Spice, but his intensity is awesome.

      • topdawg4ever - Jun 17, 2013 at 6:11 PM

        True. Not sure why they haven’t played him much in the last 2 games. They need some kind of jump-start!

  3. cantonbound13 - Jun 8, 2013 at 2:50 PM

    What about a set of testicles?

    • gmsingh123 - Jun 9, 2013 at 1:03 PM

      Bosh is going to get some touches? Is it his birthday or something?

  4. spthegr8 - Jun 8, 2013 at 2:58 PM

    Does Bosh even know where the “Block” is???

  5. alreggie - Jun 8, 2013 at 3:28 PM

    Spurs would let him sit all day out on the perimeter and jack shots.

  6. rgledz - Jun 8, 2013 at 4:05 PM

    If he makes two shots in a row he’ll be screaming and thumping his chest. That’s what third wheel a$$ clowns do.

    • drewzducks - Jun 8, 2013 at 4:22 PM

      That’s self proclaimed Hall of Fame third wheel a$$ clowns sir !

    • khall824 - Jun 8, 2013 at 8:41 PM

      more like every shot lol, every time he scored in game 7 he was acting like he hit some go ahead shot late in the game

  7. gorillapimpin - Jun 8, 2013 at 4:09 PM

    113 million dollar liability.

  8. chichi78 - Jun 8, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    Yeah, I always thought it was crazy Bosh considered himself a HOFer. He has only made one (1) all NBA team his entire career, and that was like 6 years ago. There is nothing wrong with going to a championship quality team and winning, he just has to understand his legacy took a big hit in doing so, since he is, at best, the Heat’s 3rd best player. Seems like a nice guy though, unlike Wade.

    • explosionsauce - Jun 8, 2013 at 5:52 PM

      Wade is a pretty charitable guy off the court but seems like a d bag on it. It business I suppose.

    • brianjoates - Jun 8, 2013 at 9:47 PM

      Bosh’s entire career legacy has been rewritten in this post season, he is Charmin. Highest paid 6’11 player on the team , who is a PF/C ,and is some how allergic to the lane.

      Didn’t like his game at Tech, forgot about him in Toronto and he lucked out by Lebron and DWade liking him with Team USA.

      Riley can find a better way to spend that salary. You can’t call Bosh a role player, because he clearly does not play the role of a big man-which they need him to be. And can you really call him a superstar? No way. Just call him the guy in the right place at the right time, along for the ride.

      • badintent - Jun 9, 2013 at 1:38 AM

        Easy Rider Bosh. Or Posh Bosh Knosh. Still can’t believe I saw the same guy put 41 on Howard in Toronto 3-4 years ago. Does he have a twin brother like Jose Cancesco ?

  9. jacksonkane - Jun 9, 2013 at 2:27 AM

    Bosh sorta personifies the Heat. They are a small ball team with a lot of talent but little physicality (not counting some dirty plays from Wade, Birdman, etc.).

    I think that’s why few people give them a lot of historic credit. When you ask ‘could they beat Shaq and Kobe’s lakers or MJ’s bulls?’ the answer seems like a pretty firm ‘no’.

  10. pistolpete0903 - Jun 9, 2013 at 3:08 AM

    The criticism on Bosh though warranted,is in excess.
    I would put quite a blame on the coaching staff, much of the game plan has always been LBJ/Wade driving inside and kicking out. How many sets do you see with Bosh getting the ball in the low post?

  11. gmsingh123 - Jun 9, 2013 at 1:05 PM

    Great picture btw–Bosh looks mortified and LeBron looks confused.

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