To say Chris Bosh has struggled lately on offense would be an understatement. The Miami Heat’s All-Star failed to reach the double-digit mark in the first three games of the Eastern Conference Finals and was unable to punish Indiana and Roy Hibbert for giving him open looks.
However, on a night when Dwyane Wade couldn’t get it going - finished with 15 points on 4/12 shooting- it was the third member of the “Big 3” who stepped up and provided 25 points via an efficient 12 shots and 80 percent shooting from the free-throw line.
Bosh had tallied just 27 points in the first three contests and LeBron James admitted Miami had been discussing ways get him going, prior to the game. That intent was evident as Erik Spolstra drew up a play for his bigman right from the tip and he nailed a midrange jumper.
Clearly feeling good, he decided to try his luck from three point land and he nailed one right from the corner. Yet another one followed on the very next possession off a pick and pop with James to take his tally to 8 points and give Miami an early lead, which according to him made all the difference in the game:
“All in all, the start is what did it for me,” Bosh said.
“Coach drew up a play for me and I made up my mind that I was going to take it.
“Sometimes as scorer you just want to see those first couple of shots go in or at least make the open looks to try and change your luck a little bit. Then when my teammates see that, then they start looking for me little more."
From then on it was smooth sailing as he finished the 1st half with 17 points on 7-11 shooting, although he wasn’t simply standing around waiting for the ball to come to him. Nope, this time Bosh was active around the court and looking to be a factor on the offensive end:
“It gave my teammates confidence to hit me when I’m open but it was my responsibility to make sure I move into the second and third situation if I didn’t have a shot or drive.
I tried to make their job a little easier,” explained the 2014 All-Star.
In the previous three games, Bosh had made only two shots from 12 attempts beyond the arc. However, he was able to hit 3 of 5 in Game four and really cause a headache for Indiana.
Nevertheless, he refrained from relying on his jumper and was a lot more aggressive in the second half as he didn’t settle for just long range tries -took only one jumpshot.
Instead, he utlilized his quickness and pretty much had Roy Hibbert on a string due to the fear his shooting had created as he constantly drove into the lane, with a trip to the foul line typically being the end result:
“It’s about mixing it up,” he said.
“You always want to hit a shot to get him [Hibbert] to come up but he’s a good defender and you really have to mix it up by being aggressive and scoring in different ways – trying to get him of the dribble and trying to make him think about it.
It was a little bit easier tonight because the first few went in for me.”
In addition to his offensive play, Bosh also continued to play well on defense and Coach Spoelstra was delighted with his performance, saying:
“Bosh was engaged and active on both ends of the court and he can have an impact.
“I hate the storylines of the last few days because he has to do a lot of things that people don’t understand for our game to work, which people don’t understand and he gets criticized.
"But he impacts the game in so many winning ways for us and for him to make some shots and feel good about his game certainly was nice”.
As for Bosh, when he was asked how he felt after making those shots, the best way he could describe it was “greedy.”
“When you see one go in, then you want two, and then three… So I guess greed. I just wanted to get off to a good start, be aggressive and play good basketball. Sometimes it’s a little bit difficult in my situation, but tonight was my night," concluded Bosh.
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