Bosh needs no apologies in Finals for Heat
by Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY Sports
SAN ANTONIO — Chris Bosh apologized to his teammates for his performance against the Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference finals.
He gave the Miami Heat an F for their Game 3 loss against the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Finals. He has been the subject of ridicule and scorn for the way he has played in the playoffs, specifically against Pacers big men Roy Hibbert and David West and Spurs center Tim Duncan.
This postseason has not featured Bosh’s best basketball.
But in Game 4 against the Spurs on Thursday, the Heat center turned in his finest moment: 20 points, 13 rebounds, two blocks and two steals and a defensive effort that prevented San Antonio from dominating the paint and collecting crucial offensive rebounds.
“I want to play well every game,” Bosh said. “I want to play to the best of my ability, and sometimes that doesn’t happen. You’re going to have bad games in a long stretch, especially during the playoffs. And that’s when you kind of really have to trust your game and trust what got you here.
“Before I was really just trying to force some situations, thinking of how I can really get going and it doesn’t work like that. I just have to really trust my instincts, trust my teammates and just continue to play and let things happen.”
Bosh is a lightning rod for criticism. When he finishes with seven points and three rebounds (Game 4 vs. the Pacers) or goes 6-for-16 (Game 1 vs. the Spurs), the critics bash.
Too soft offensively and defensively. Too many three-pointers. Not enough rebounds. Outsiders struggle to understand why Bosh plays the way he does. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra explained it on Friday, a day off for the players.
“it takes somebody that’s probably capable of being a lightning rod for a lot of judgment, and unfairly also, because for this to work, we had to put him in situations that are out of the box and would open the door for easy criticism from the outside,” Spoelstra said. “Everybody wants to put him in a conventional box of being a back-end … [For more on Chris Bosh needs no apologies in NBA Finals for Heat, click here.]