Chris Bosh; Like A Star
It's an interesting ESPN article that basically says, Bosh's postseason success is shutting all of his critics.
"Simply put, Bosh had a fantastic and perhaps reputation-changing conference finals. He assembled a stat line -- 23.2 points and 7.6 rebounds per game, 60 percent shooting and 32-of-33 at the foul line -- that would have qualified him as a serious series MVP contender if such an honor existed."
The way Bosh is playing right now, this Heat team seems unstoppable. When playing the 76ers, the Heat bench was nearly nonexistent, they won in five games. In the Boston series, Bosh was nervous in game 3, played poorly throughout the series, and was outplayed by KG. The Heat still won in only 5 games. In the conference finals, Dwyane Wade struggled and played a non-DWade series. The Heat still won in five games.
How are the Mavs going to handle them if Wade, Bosh, LeBron, and the bench all start clicking? They'll be literally unstoppable.
Not being a Chris Bosh fan I was looking forward to KG making Bosh look like a little school girl. KG didn't do as much damage as I was hoping.
But how are the Heat going to handle them if Dirk, Kidd, Terry, and the bench continue clicking? They are unstopable right now.
For KG being tough and Bosh being "soft".. KG only outplayed him by 1.6ppg, 0.4rpg, and shot 2.7% better than Bosh. Including a 6pts-8rebs game and a 7pts-10rebs game where he shot 1-10 from the field.
Bosh said at the time he was playing in Toronto,that he wasnt getting the pub his peers was getting becuz he played in a small market....But doing that time many felt he was the best power forward in the league..Instead of becoming a legend like he want..Bosh played much softier than he did in Toronto and became the butt of many jokes from players,fans and the media..
When he was in Toronto many thought he was a top 10 player..Now almost everyone would agree he's among the top 20...
So going to Maimi kind of damaged his brand..But if they win the ring this year and he continues to play agressive and hit the boards like he has during the playoffs this year..He will gain some respect back...
I don't think Kidd and Terry are "unstoppable". Especially with the athleticism and defense of Chalmers and Wade. I have no clue who is going to guard DWade though. He's going to have a field day.
If Russell Westbrook almost scored at will, now what is Dwyane Wade going to do? A guy that is pretty much just as fast, stronger, and is a much better finisher and jump shooter.
Tol23, KG is at the tail end of his career and Bosh is nearing the peak of his prime. It is sad KG was able to stay level with him.
I'm not sure he exactly "scored at will" against Dallas. He shot 36% from the field, and the Thunder would have been better if he hadn't needed to take all those shots. Wade is an entirely different animal, but give Dallas credit for limiting Westbrook.
Taking 25 shot a game and shooting 38-39 pct is not scoring at will. That is shooting your team out the game. If you are taking that many shots chances are you are going to score, but it wasnt efficent scoring. Kidd has shown that for strecthes he can guard the best and make the mork i.e Kobe, Durant. He is old but still a smart defender. Chicago didnt have the shooters Dallas does, Miami wont be able to double and triple team Dirk as they did rose.
Garnett may be at the tail end of his career but was still 2nd place in Defensive Player of the Year voting.
I"ll admit Bosh surprised me in how he outplayed KG, Boozer.
If he put up those numbers against a healthy Zebo, Gasol, Dirk, Amare, Love, Griffin then ppl would be putting higher on the list of top PF's.
Chicago wasn't ready for the big stage and didn't have the scorers to help Rose.
Once Miami slowed down Rose the series was over.
I don't think the Mavs are worried about Miami's bench outside of Mike Miller.
Its the Mavs bench that you have to worry about with Barrea, Terry, Stevenson, Haywood.
Dallas can play half court well too they have the better PG, PF, Center, bench, coach and more experience.
Some of Miami's bench has Finals experience is the problem is they never play Big Z, Dampier, Eddie House.
Kobe was first-team all-defensive, but yet Artest always had to guard best player on the opposing team. Kobe is cool but we all know that at this stage in his career he is nowhere near a lockdown defender.
The Mavs bench has 3 scorers: Terry, Peja, and Barea
The Heat bench has 2 scorers: Miller and Haslem
If Jason Terry goes off, but the Heat bench stops Barea and Peja, and outrebounds Haywood then the Heat win
that matchup. I think Haslem will play well with rebounds, defense, and scoring. The Mav's bench doesn't have an answer
If the Heat put their best five out there in crunch time (LeBron, Wade, Bosh, Miller, Haslem) then the Mavs will have their hands full.
I wasn't talking about the All-Defensive teams. I'm talking about Defensive Player of the Year, which does count and actually takes defense into account.
Thats true but, my point was that just like Kobe was voted to the all-defensive because he is Kobe, Maybe Garnett got those votes because he is the anchor of a good defensive team, but not necessarily a great one on one defender anymore. I think his reputation as a defender, rather than his production got him those votes. Just my opinion.
And I respect your opinion, but I've watched enough Garnett to be able to say that he is a good defender. I think we all know that.
Dallas has yet to go up against a 'true' defensive team in the post season. They won't be able to get away with what they normally get away with. Some of you guys need to wise up. Dallas's game is to out score you. If you continue to chase them off the three point line and force them to create shots under pressure they won't be as effective. Thats where that soft lable came from. Because the Lakers defenders would get aggressive with them and Dallas would melt. Lakers just didn't take care of buisness this year, I still think they beat themselve's. But I digress, I think this series will have a surprise finish. Defense wins championships.
Bosh needed time to figure out his role. Also Bosh may have been mentioned as a top pf but nobody really knew much about him outside of stats. I am sure he had his fans but I am sure more people are aware of his game more than they were in Toronto. Also at what point was Bosh actually top 10, I think he may have had an argument for top 15 but top 10 seems kinda pushing it.
I think people are forgeting that Bosh is an All Star and did carry Toronto for a while but like Cleveland he did not have much help. Toronto just now started getting smart about who they draft and putting pieces around Bosh. Brian Colango fell in love with Bargnani who was not a great fit for Bosh. Also remember when they wasted high draft picks on Joey Graham instead of Danny Granger.
TOL23, I agree, Garnett is still an elite defender and will be till the end of his career, but we were calling Bosh a franchise player last year. So what I was saying was shouldn't a 27 all star out play an older player(35, to be exact) that although still solid, is not what he used to be.(Other than defense)
Lol, KG had a better PER on the season than Bosh! (Not even including intangibles such as leadership)
Well, you have to remember that Wade and LeBron did pretty much all of the scoring.
I don't expect Bosh to be scoring over 15ppg, especially because the guy was only taking 10 shots a game. The reason he didn't take many shots is because Wade and LeBron were completely unstoppable. Wade was dropping 30ppg while shooting 20 shots a game. LeBron was averaging 28ppg and was shooting north of 23 shots. There simply weren't enough shots for Bosh because LeBron and Wade had such a mismatch and they were taking advantage.
I think KG did outplay Bosh. Bosh played poorly offensivly, and didn't have to guard KG a lot. Joel Anthony was on KG most of the time.
But he sure played great against the Bulls and crushed another All-Star PF in Boozer. Adding to this he is very important for the Heat because of his range.