Bosh looks for resurgence in NBA Finals
by Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY Sports
MIAMI – Chris Bosh could very well be rejuvenated. At least, he should feel like Chris Bosh again.
When the Miami Heat take on the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Finals, Bosh could be a player to watch. Even before the Heat beat the Indiana Pacers in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals, TNT analyst Steve Kerr envisioned how Bosh might react if the Heat advanced.
“Chris Bosh in particular would feel like he’s getting out of jail,” Kerr said. “Not that San Antonio is a slouch defensively, but it’s a different game, a more free-flowing game. They don’t beat you up. They beat you with execution. Bosh would be more in his element.”
Against the Pacers, Bosh had his worst playoff series since the construction of the Big 3 in 2010. He was limited by Indiana’s defense and slowed by an ankle injury.
Bosh’s teammate, guard Dwyane Wade (bruised right knee) ran into similar problems. Even though he managed to average 15.4 points, his highest series average this postseason, he still wasn’t himself.
Bosh shot 37.7% against and averaged 11 points and 4.3 rebounds. Wade shot 11-for-34 combined in Games 4, 5 and 6.
But don’t assume that the offensive struggles Wade and Bosh had against Indiana will duplicate against the Spurs. San Antonio doesn’t play the bruising style of defense like the Pacers.
“Hopefully, we can get them activated to their normal comfort level,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “I liked where they left off in Game 7. Both of them were very aggressive. They’re more comfortable in that game. So as long as they’re aggressive and they’re attacking within what they do, that’s the key.”
Not only is it obvious the Heat are at their best when LeBron James, Wade and Bosh are thriving in sync, it increases their chances of winning. Their production also creates better shots for their teammates, making Miami difficult to defend.
Wade and Bosh were more aggressive in Game 7 against Indiana, and especially Wade, who had 21 points and nine rebounds, including six offensive boards, and they are looking for more and better opportunities … [For more on Heat's Chris Bosh looks for resurgence in NBA Finals, click here.]