Chris Bosh knows he can do better, and he's owning up to his lack of success in the past three games for the Miami Heat. With a Eastern Conference Finals matchup against the Indiana Pacers coming down to Monday night's Game 7, Bosh is pledging to help his teammates, including LeBron James, according to ESPN.
"I changed my game in Games 1 through 6 and it hasn't really worked," Bosh said. "I just need to do what I do and just let it all hang out.
"We can't just sit around and expect LeBron to do all the work and hope that he has a 50-point game. We have to do our part."
For the series, Bosh has been challenged as a thin power forward on the back of 7'2 Pacers center Roy Hibbert. And Bosh has struggled to make Hibbert pay in his own way, scoring 11.3 points per game and grabbing just 3.7 rebounds during the six games thus far. Over the last three games, Bosh has shot 24 percent from the floor.
While his three-point shooting ability could cause problems for Indiana, moving to a more perimeter-oriented game has hurt Bosh's rebounding. But the Heat need scoring punch to help James, and so far the team has struggled to move the ball. In Game 6, the Heat recorded just 10 assists and scored 77 points on 36 percent shooting, and the problems made James' 29-point outing a misleading one.
Dwyane Wade is working through knee pain, and Bosh has dealt with a bum ankle, neither of which has helped Miami's cause.
"They're both big-game players and the bright lights inspire them more than shrink them," Miami coach Erik Spoelstra told ESPN. "This is why this team was put together, for moments like this."
Miami has been here before, however. Just last season, the Heat beat the Boston Celtics in an Eastern Conference Finals Game 7 bout. Being in South Beach helped then and could help Monday, as home teams are 89-23 all-time in Game 7s.
Bosh can remember last year well. He scored 19 points on 8-of-10 shooting -- including three triples -- as the Heat buried the Celtics 101-88 en route to the NBA Finals.