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Chris Bosh overruled Heat coach Spoelstra on play for game-winning three against Blazers

Dec 29, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

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The Heat were playing the red-hot Blazers without LeBron James on Saturday, but came away with the huge road win anyway thanks to a three-pointer with under a second remaining by Chris Bosh.

Trailing by two points at the time, the Heat technically didn’t need the three — a drive to the basket or an open midrange jumper would have tied it, and Miami could have taken its chances in overtime.

That’s the way Erik Spoelstra initially drew it up, but Bosh overruled him in the huddle and wanted to go for the win instead.

From Kevin Arnovitz of ESPN.com:

“My call at the end of the game was more conservative,” Spoelstra said. “I drew something up to get him on the move and he said, ‘No, I want it for the 3.’ So he overruled it and became a prophet.” …

“I kind of figured that it was going to be a long 2, and I didn’t want that,” Bosh said. “I knew I would be open and have more space if I popped for 3. In that situation, I wanted to go for the win,” Bosh said.

“He already hit two 3s,” Spoelstra said. “He was feeling it. He wanted it, and as soon as he said it, I said, ‘Yeah, that makes sense.’ It was much better than what I had planned.”

This isn’t the first time that the Heat have turned to Bosh with LeBron James out and the game on the line. In March of last season, Bosh similarly hit a game-winning three in San Antonio to take down the Spurs.

  1. 00maltliquor - Dec 29, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    Chris Shuttlesworth

    • pbtunpaidwriter - Dec 29, 2013 at 4:30 PM

      Clutch is contagious. People forget how good Bosh is when given the minutes and shot attempts.

      He;s unfairly criticized but he’s playing out of position.

      • bigkurt6 - Dec 29, 2013 at 8:16 PM

        For this one play????

      • bigkurt6 - Dec 29, 2013 at 8:17 PM

        he always takes outside shots

  2. danmarinos1stlovechild - Dec 29, 2013 at 4:28 PM

    That’s the mark of a great coach.
    He lets his players play when they feel it and when it counts most.
    Best coach in the NBA!!!

  3. pbtunpaidwriter - Dec 29, 2013 at 4:31 PM

    LMAO @ Lebron and D-Wade’s reaction at the end. Had to watch that a couple times.

  4. dls612 - Dec 29, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    Good call Bosh, now can someone overrule the dolphins front office starting with Jeff Ireland!!!

    • 1972wasalongtimeago - Dec 29, 2013 at 9:41 PM

      1972 was a long time ago

  5. chargerdillon - Dec 29, 2013 at 4:55 PM

    Bosh continues to be the most underrated player in the NBA today. There is a reason he’s a max contract player and there’s a reason he’s been in the last 3 NBA finals. It’s not because of Lebron of Wade, it’s because of Lebron, Wade, and Bosh

    This isn’t the only time he’s made clutch last shots for the Heat. See last years finals.

    • antistratfordian - Dec 30, 2013 at 12:26 AM

      You’re going a little overboard. MOST underrated?? Nah. He’s a max contract player in a “Big 3″ who started in the all-star game last year. I’ve heard of worse slights – like not making the all-star game at all.

      And there are still times when Bosh can’t find a rebound to save his life, and if that’s happening when his jumper isn’t falling then he’s pretty much a total disaster. Those games are still in his future.

      And the Heat powered through most of Indiana and Boston in 2012 when Bosh was injured – the reason he went to the finals that year was mostly due to the remarkable efforts of LeBron. And last year he scored 0 points in Game 7 of the finals. 0 points, 7 rebounds, 5 fouls. In the last 4 games of the ECF against Indiana he scored 7, 7, 5 and 9. He averaged 7 points and 5 rebounds in those 4 games. No one was saying he’s underrated then.

      There are more deserving players of this title.

      • unxpexted1 - Dec 30, 2013 at 11:57 AM

        Maybe most underrated is strong but i feel like people forgot just how good he was. He doesn’t get rebounds with the heat because he’s already an undersized PF and playing at the center position. But people forget he was a 24 and 10 guy before he went to miami. Not many of those around.

      • antistratfordian - Dec 30, 2013 at 3:40 PM

        Yes, I agree with that. People forget how good he can be at times. And he’s become a much improved defender as well – something I didn’t give him credit for in my initial response.

        His jumper is generally reliable (his clutch three accuracy is downright inexplicable), and he can also face up, put the ball on the ground and employ an array of moves to get to the rim. A great qualities. But he still deserves the criticism he gets from fans, and his own teammates, about his – how do I put this – ball desire?

        When he tries to get boards he can get them – it’s not like he doesn’t have the nose for it. It’s just a matter of him getting into the right state of mind to bang. It’s a constant struggle with him.

  6. Miami305 - Dec 29, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    I hope Bosh gets to stay with the Heat because from day one I thought he was awesome. In fact, I chose to buy a Bosh T-Shirt over Wade or Lebron. The fact that he asked for that last shot shows that he’s fearless. He was willing to put himself on the line and backed up it up with a win! Good for you Bosh.

    Go and make sure you vote for him as an All-Star.

  7. belleby123 - Dec 30, 2013 at 9:01 AM

    Wait, so Heat fans keep telling me Spoelstra is an excellent coach that all the players listen to and this happens? Were they lying to me?!?

    • miamatt - Dec 30, 2013 at 2:30 PM

      If you actually are capable of putting 2+2 together, you would realize that this is a perfect example of WHY Spoelstra is a great coach. It’s not about his plays, his system, his ego. The Heat didn’t go out on the court and waive off the play he drew up. A team leader (who happened to be red-hot at the time) said he wanted to spot up for a game winning 3, and Spoelstra gave him the opportunity to back up his talk.

      All around the NBA (Lakers, Knicks, Nets, etc.) you see examples of selfish play, selfish coaching, and selfish management. Merging huge egos and getting them to buy in is no small thing. A coach listening to the guys on the floor and putting them in spots where they feel confident -even if it goes against the type of play he might have in mind for that situation- is what it is all about. Going back to your point, listening goes both ways. If Spoelstra was hell-bent on his way or the highway, he would not have lasted this long, and Miami wouldn’t be in the running for a 3rd straight title.

      Then again, you are probably just trolling anyway.

      • antistratfordian - Dec 30, 2013 at 3:52 PM

        If you actually are capable of putting 2+2 together, you would realize that this is a perfect example of WHY Spoelstra is a great coach.

        Bingo. There are a lot of coaches that would’ve just given Bosh the stink eye and went with the safe play. In the end it was Spoelstra’s decision to change the play – credit him for recognizing a better idea and checking his ego to go with it.

        It also speaks to Spo’s (imo) brilliant management of Bosh’s ego – which is probably one of the most critical aspects of his job.

      • belleby123 - Jan 4, 2014 at 10:41 AM

        You’re trying to put Spoelstra in the same league as Phil Jackson and he needs about 9 more rings to get there. Good luck with that.

  8. 5xchamp24 - Dec 30, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    I still dont like him

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