With the Miami Heat facing a 1-0 hole in the NBA Finals, the struggles of big man Chris Bosh have started to come into focus. Bosh suffered an ankle injury in Game 4 against the Indiana Pacers, and hasn't been the same since. The Heat were fortunate to survive a tough test from Indiana after Bosh failed to crack double-digits in points in the last four games of the series, but they may not be so lucky against the Spurs if Bosh doesn't turn it around.
Bosh finished with 13 points on 6-of-16 shooting in Game 1, a line that included an 0-of-4 mark from three-point range. The big miss came with the Heat down four with a minute left, when Bosh received a kick-out from LeBron James and bricked a wide open three-pointer from the right wing.
Criticism wasn't hard to find in the wake of Game 1: James' psyche was again under fire for deciding to pass to Bosh instead of driving, while Bosh's shooting ability also came into question. It's true that Bosh was rather deadly with his jump shot this year, helping lead to a career high shooting percentage of 53.5 percent. He also made nearly twice as many three-pointers as his previous career high, but he hit only an abysmal 28 percent of his shots from deep, knocking down 21 of 74 attempts.
The Heat desperately need Bosh to find his shooting stroke again if they're going to defeat the Spurs and repeat as champions. For his part, Bosh says he's not changing a thing. From USA Today's Sam Amick:
"They can give (those shots) to me, and I'll take it," Bosh said. "I'll take any open shot. I just missed a couple. I think one was a bad shot. I probably could've had a better option, but if they want to leave me open then that's cool with me.
"I'm not going to compromise my whole body of work off of one series or two games, or three games, or half a season for that matter. You know, I just have to capitalize on situations. Sometimes you've just got to make shots. I understand that. You have to have the confidence and, really, the know-how to just be able to let it go and move on to the next possession and the next shot."
Game 2 tips off on Sunday night in Miami.