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NBA PM: Chris Bosh Must Step Up for HEAT
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NBA PM: Chris Bosh Must Step Up for Miami
These past few weeks have been tough for Chris Bosh. On the court, he’s not producing at the level he’s used to. Off the court, he’s taking a beating from fans and media alike. Bosh hasn’t been himself this postseason and he must step up for the Miami HEAT to take down the San Antonio Spurs.
LeBron James has been under heavy scrutiny and Dwyane Wade’s struggles are well-documented, but Bosh has been the least productive member of the Big Three (if that’s even a fitting nickname anymore).
Bosh has had just one 20-point game during the playoffs, and it was back in Game 3 against the Chicago Bulls. When his shot hasn’t been falling, he hasn’t found other ways to impact the game either, struggling on defense and failing to record double-digit rebounds in all but three games this postseason.
The veteran big man knows that he’s not playing up to his usual standards, and he’s frustrated about it. In Game 2 against the Spurs, Bosh was a little bit better (12 points and 10 rebounds), but only because it was surprising to see him record a double-double with all of his recent struggles.
“It’s just tough waiting,” Bosh said. “Usually playing every other day, you get an opportunity to really get back out there and try to redeem yourself. The toughest thing is just waiting. The [difficult] questions are part of the process. I think we’re all pros and we understand that. We’re just ready to get back out there and start playing again.”
At times, the Spurs have backed off of Bosh, daring him to shoot, because of his recent struggles. They’d rather give up an open shot to Bosh than let James, Wade or Miami’s array of shooters beat them. This is when Bosh has to make them pay and contribute despite his lack of confidence.
“I mean, they can give it to me, I’ll take it,” Bosh said, “I’ll take any open shot. I just missed a couple. If they want to leave me open, then that’s cool with me.”
“It’s only been two games,” Bosh added. “I’m not going to compromise my whole body of work off of one series or two games or three games, or half a season, for that matter. I just have to capitalize on situations. You know, sometimes you’re just going to miss shots. I understand that. You have to have the confidence and really the know‑how to be able to let it go and move on to the next possession and the next shot.”
It would be one thing if Bosh’s only struggles were on the offensive end, but it’s the fact that he’s also not defending or rebounding well that is the most frustrating for Miami. He averaged just 4.3 rebounds per game against the Indiana Pacers (below his season and career average) and is averaging just 7.5 rebounds against the Spurs. Keep in mind, Bosh is a player that has averaged over 10 rebounds in three of his 10 seasons in the NBA. It’s not like he doesn’t know how to be solid on the glass.
However, Bosh downplayed his rebounding struggles, just as he did his shooting woes.
“I haven’t been hard on myself,” Bosh said. “Just go get the ball. “It’s not really much of a science to it. Everybody’s technique is different. It’s just about competing at a high level of intensity and going and getting the ball and not really worrying about anything else.”
Game 3 between the HEAT and Spurs is tonight at 9 p.m. ET.
James, Green Have Grown Since Cleveland Days
Miami’s LeBron James and San Antonio’s Danny Green were briefly teammates, playing together on the Cleveland Cavaliers during the 2009-10 season. They were on opposite ends of the spectrum – James was the star who averaged 29.7 points, 8.6 assists and 7.3 rebounds while Green was the rookie benchwarmer who averaged 2.0 points, 0.9 rebounds and 0.3 assists – but they spent the year together.
Green was drafted 46th overall in 2009 by the Cavaliers but struggled from the outset. A role player at North Carolina, Green was not able to contribute much against NBA competition. During his rookie season, he spent most of the year with the D-League’s Erie BayHawks. The Cavaliers weren’t impressed with Green, and he was waived less than one year after being drafted, which is when the Spurs scooped him up. That same offseason, James left Cleveland to sign with Miami.
Now, both players are starting in the NBA Finals and coming up big for their respective teams. James has been the HEAT’s star while Green has been a huge contributor and pleasant surprise for the Spurs.
James has been impressed with Green and how far he has come.
“In practice Danny would play well for us, but he was behind some veteran guys, myself and Sasha Pavlovic and Delonte West and Mo Williams and Boobie Gibson,” James said. “It was very tough for him to get on the floor, also being a rookie too. But I’ve seen the talent he had. He showed the talent when he was in North Carolina. Once he got to Pop, Pop gave him confidence. You get the opportunity, you go out and make the most of it.
“That’s what it’s about in this league. It’s about a coach believing in you, giving you the opportunity. And it’s about your teammates believing in you and giving you the confidence, and then about yourself just going out and doing it.”
However, Green says that James has improved a lot as well.
“He’s a lot more mature, he’s a lot more efficient,” Green said. “He’s obviously a very high-IQ player and he’s only grown throughout those years. He’s learned to be that killer that everybody’s looking for. He’s learning to take over games and be more clutch for his team.”
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