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Chris Bosh isn't finding things easy so far

Posted on: November 8, 2010 1:49 pm
Chris Bosh struggling in the post and on the boards so far amid the Triad.
Posted by Matt Moore

When the Miami Triad got together this summer, each probably wondered which of the other two would struggle. After all, they themselves would be fine. But some of the others may have difficulty in adjusting to their new roles. Turns out Chris Bosh seems to be the unlucky one, and even he admits it. His solution? Talk to the King (James). The Miami Herald reports of an on-plane meeting between Bosh and James, in which Bosh owned up to his own problems with the new Heat.

"I was just honest,'' Bosh said. ``I get a little lost out there because it's different.''

Lost is a tough word, but it's pretty accurate. Bosh has seemed to wander at times, and it's showing in his production. Some loss in production was to be expected with how much he's having to share the ball amongst the new superstar friends, but 13.3 points and more importantly 5.5 rebounds is a pretty severe drop-off. What's interesting is that Bosh's role in the offense? Hasn't changed much from Toronto.

Last season in Toronto according to Synergy Sports , Bosh spent 35% of this time in the post. This year? 34%. The difference is last year he shot 53% from the post and this year just 38%. Bosh spent 18% of his plays in Isolation plays last year, this year 17%. Bosh only spent 12% of his plays in the pick and roll, this year, that's up to 19%. And he's shooting 53% out of it.

So what gives? In short, the Heat need Bosh to be a premier post presence, but he's much better in the pick and roll or pick and pop, and face up.

Rebounding is the real issue, though. Last year, Bosh collected 17.7% of all available rebounds (TRR). This year he's grabbing less than 10% of the Heat's. Toronto was a terrible rebounding team with a power forward (Andrea Bargnani) at center, but still. Bosh grabbed 9.8% of all available offensive rebounds, this year it's down to 2.8%. Being the primary big man is not working out so well for Bosh. Which may be why he says he needs to get more aggressive.
"I've kind of been on my heels for the first part of the season, so I'm starting to figure it out; it's starting to come to me,'' he said after Saturday's 101-89 victory against the Nets. ``But at the end of the day, I just have to be aggressive. That's what it's all about.''

That is what it's all about, and so far, Bosh hasn't been about it.

Since: Dec 13, 2008
Posted on: November 10, 2010 2:06 pm

Chris Bosh isn't finding things easy so far

on behalf of all Raptor fans I can sincerely say, couldnt happen to a nicer guy!

Since: Jun 24, 2010
Posted on: November 8, 2010 4:19 pm

Chris Bosh isn't finding things easy so far

To summarize: he doesn't fit. Bosh has always been the most frustrating kind of Power forward, the kind without a post-up game. Gasol, and even Boozer and Amare score with great efficency in the post but Bosh has always been a midrange specialist who excels at slashing ot the rim (see: Lamarcus Aldridge). With LeBoob and Wade being premier pentraters and reliable enough in the perimeter Bosh's game is kind of redundant, especially if he's at Center with Haslem in the lineup too...could it be that a constant ingredient in Championship teams (#1 or #2 option Big Man) is something the Heat don't possess? Bosh clearly has the talent be it but he never was in Toronto (where teams always played him man-to-man because Toronto's D sucked and no one else could hut you) and if it doesn't come soon then Miami probably will not surpass Boston and the Lakers.

2010 and 2009 Lakers: Gasol----2008 Celtics: Garnett----2007 Spurs: Duncan----2006 Heat: Shaq----2005 Spurs: Duncan again----2004 Pistons: Rasheed (kind of like Bosh admittedly)----2003 Spurs: Duncan threesome---2002, 2001, 2000 Lakers: Shaq----1999 Spurs: Seein' a theme here?

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