Can HEAT Survive Chris Bosh’s Injury?
Chris Bosh has been a punching bag since he arrived in Miami. He’s soft, people said. He’s the weak link. He completes the NBA cast of “Two And A Half Men.”
But on Tuesday night, when the playoffs turned into a brawl – when the Miami Heat needed to be the Miami Street – Bosh’s teammates were missing some brass knuckles. And after the Heat lost home-court advantage in a 78-75 Game 2 defeat, when the rough-and-tumble Pacers did a celebration jig on Miami’s floor, all the home team could do was glare and retreat.
The stats tell a simple story: Nobody on the Heat other than Dwyane Wade and LeBron James scored more than five points. That’s enough of an endorsement for Bosh. But behind the stats lies something more troubling for Miami: Wade responded strongly when the game got more physical, but nobody else did. The Chicago guy did his best Isiah Thomas impression, dragging his team almost all the way back to a come-from-behind win, but nobody stepped in as Bill Laimbeer, Rick Mahorn or Dennis Rodman. And no matter what you think of Bosh’s ability to bump and bruise in the post, he surely would have done the dirty work better than everyone not named Dwyane.