Am I glad that the Heat crushed the pesky Chicago Bulls? Absolutely.
Am I glad that Nate Robinson, Carlos Boozer, and Joakim Noah went a combined 9-for-26? You bet I am.
Does Chris Bosh’s defense make me roll my eyes at least once per game? With alarming regularity.
Last night was no different. Early in the first quarter with Marco Belinelli dribbling the ball up the floor on a semi-fastbreak, hilarity ensues.
Belinelli has the ball, Noah is running to the paint, and Nate Robinson is curling to the right of Belinelli.
Belinelli almost travels (not a huge surprise, this is Marco Belinelli we’re talking about) but manages to pass the ball to Nate Robinson before he does. Haslem and James trot back on defense — it’s looking like the semi-fastbreak has been stopped. I also want to point out that Chris Bosh has stayed with Joakim Noah as Noah has taken up space in the paint.
So Belinelli’s defender, Mario Chalmers, switches off of Belinelli and onto Nate Robinson. Chris Bosh takes up a good defensive position in the paint, discouraging any pass to Joakim. Udonis Haslem and LeBron James, please take more time to get back on defense.
This is where it starts to get weird. Bosh starts taking steps toward Nate Robinson and away from Joakim Noah. Let me repeat that: Chris Bosh takes steps away from the guy he is guarding (who is now unguarded) and takes steps toward a player that is already guarded. Part of the blame has to be put on Udonis Haslem, who Bosh probably thinks is rotating down to guard Noah, as Bosh steps up to guard the potential Robinson-Belinelli pick-and-roll.
And Bosh keeps on taking more steps towards Nate Robinson and away from Joakim Noah.
The thing I don’t get is that by this point in time (and probably even before this point) Bosh would have seen Haslem and LeBron through his peripheral vision and would have realized that “oh shit, nobody is guarding the guy who I’m supposed to be guarding”. The other thing he probably should/would have realized by now is that he doesn’t need to help on the play as Haslem and LeBron are standing right there, ready to help if Little Nate uses the Belinelli screen.
But Bosh does none of those things, so Nate Robinson find a wide (and I mean wiiiiiidddddddeeeeee) open Noah for an easy layup.