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Bosh had long All-Star Game as surprise starter
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On February 18, 2013 @ 2:57 am In Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by Adi Joseph, USA TODAY Sports
Chris Bosh started Sunday’s NBA All-Star Game because his head coach said so.
It’s not that the Miami Heat big man isn’t have a good season; he’s been very efficient and probably deserves his spot, even in a crowded Eastern Conference frontcourt. But he replaced voted-in starter Rajon Rondo, a point guard. So Heat and East coach Erik Spoelstra made the unique decision to go big in his starting lineup.
Then Bosh began his All-Star night with an airball on the East’s first possession.
Bosh was picked to start ahead of point guards Kyrie Irving and Jrue Holiday, both having outstanding seasons. The move allowed LeBron James to move to point guard, which was cool. But Bosh finished 3-for-9 from the field for six points and added two rebounds, three turnovers and three fouls in a poor performance.
The Western Conference won 143-138. The East was minus 14 with Bosh on the court, worst of any player on either side. The ugliest part of the evening was when, in near succession in the second quarter, Chris Paul and Tony Parker dropped dribbles between his legs.
Bosh did get one good moment, a photobomb on game MVP Paul during TNT’s coverage.
Still, we’re guessing Spoelstra didn’t mind his choice. It only can help the Heat down the stretch.
“Was there any doubt where my loyalties are?” Spoelstra told The Miami Herald when he made the choice.
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