Chris Bosh in the Key
First, lets take a look at his shot chart for the playoffs via NBA.Stats
Chris Bosh has been hanging out around the perimeter, and unfortunately his shot has been off. Even Miami Head Coach, Erik Spoelstra said “Bosh was probably open for a reason.” Against the Indiana Pacers, Bosh only shot 37.7% from the field. Only 26-0f-69 shots came from inside the painted area, and he only hit 11 of those shots.
His struggles obviously continued in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. Bosh scored an anemic 13 points on 6-of-16 shooting and 1-of-4 from the painted area. Bosh also went a shocking 0-4 from the three point line too. Spoelstra added,
“We’re not going to overreact to those misses. He was wide open. He has been making some. He’s hit some big ones already.”
And yes, Bosh came up BIIIIGGG TIIIIMMEEE when he hit the game-winning three pointer against the Spurs earlier this year, while D-Wade and James were resting due to some minor injuries.
Bosh will need to be more aggressive in Game 2 and push through the nagging injuries. The Heat also need to design some plays for Bosh early, to get him involved in the offense. Bosh is a extremely versatile, talented forward and against the the slower San Antonio Spurs front-line — Bosh is capable of doing some damage, if put in the right areas of the floor. Supreme play by LeBron James will continue to garner much of the Spurs attention on the defensive end, so Bosh will need to cut, maximize pick-and-roll opportunities and position himself at the elbow where he can use his quick first step to get to the basket.