It’s not exactly a rule written in stone but being an NBA big-man typically means you have to “bang” in the middle of the paint. It’s like the unspoken rule for the position, but apparently no-one told Chris Bosh.
According to NBA.com's John Schuman, the Miami Heat forward declared he will no longer be taking part in the more physical aspects of the game.
“I don’t bang with anybody anymore,” he said.
“It’s a tired thing for me. It’s not my strength and I understand that. So, be smart and play within the team offense, but be aggressive at the same time.”
You’ve got to commend Bosh’s refreshing honesty but considering how much he is struggling from the field right now, that is probably not what Miami fans want to hear.
Having shot an outstanding 51 percent from 3point land and 51 percent overall in the opening rounds of the NBA Playoffs, he hasn’t been able to maintain such form against the Indiana Pacers. Through the first two games, he shot just 38percent overall and hit just one of his nine attempts from deep.
Furthermore, he has made only 5-for-17 from outside the paint in the series so far and failed to keep Roy Hibbert honest with his scoring. As such, you would expect him to at least be open using the full range moves in his offensive repertoire which, for the record, is a lot.
Traditionally speaking, Bosh is a power forward, but in Miami’s system he plays at the five. So in that situation it’s understandable that he doesn’t rely on his post-game because the defenders tend to be bigger and stronger than him, therefore he would have to rely on his.
Throw in his ball handling ability, plus shooting touch, and he can pretty much have his defender on a string because he can still score in a number of ways.
But against smaller or “defensively challenged” players like say, Luis Scola, then the post should be his bread and butter. He should go to it so much that Miami may as well set-up a nice little camping site for him inside the paint because it is such an easy way to get points.
Just ask LeBron James, whose shooting percentage has skyrocketed to the upper 50 percentile region due to scoring easy baskets in the paint.
Granted it may result in a lot more double teams, which he hates, but he would have done a lot of damage but that point. Plus, the extra attention will leave someone wide open and Bosh is a good enough passer.
One the upside, at least Bosh hasn’t let his recent shooting slump get to him.
“Sometimes, if it’s off, it’s off,” he said.
“All you can do is go in the gym the next day and keep shooting.
"The minute you start thinking about it is kind of when things continue to plummet. With that said, I’m looking forward to being aggressive tonight, letting a couple fly, and seeing what happens."
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