Miami Heat: Is Chris Bosh the Key Against Milwaukee Bucks?
Chris Bosh has seen his numbers decrease yet again this season, despite the overwhelming amount of success the Miami Heat have collectively brought over to South Beach. He might not be fortunate enough to receive a lot of looks on offense, but you can definitely make an argument that he could make the difference in this year’s postseason, especially against the Milwaukee Bucks.
Bosh has continued the gradual adjustment to his superstar teammates and has given up on putting up big numbers. His scoring output is the lowest since his rookie season, and he is averaging a career-low of 6.8 rebounds per game. However, he is converting at a career-high 53.5 field goal percentage and gives the Heat exactly what they need (minus the rebounding).
The 29-year-old All-Star has acknowledged that he should be crashing the boards more, but it just does not seem to click for him. Except when he plays against Milwaukee.
Against the Bucks, Bosh is averaging 21.3 points and 13.7 rebounds per game this year. When the two teams first met, Bosh had a monster game, putting up 24 points and 18 rebounds. He is also shooting 59.1 percent from the field against Miami’s first-round opponents.
Larry Sanders has quickly established himself as one of the best rim protectors in the league. When matching up with Bosh, Sanders is often forced out of the paint, as he has to respect his opponent’s lethal mid-range game.
Not only has Bosh put up great numbers against the Bucks, but he clearly creates a mismatch with Sanders, which is truly the key to this series. Milwaukee has horrific perimeter defenders, and when Sanders is unable to make up for his teammates’ mistakes, Miami can truly do whatever they please on offense.
Vytis is a Miami Heat and NBA columnist for RantSports. You can follow him on Twitter here: @VytisLasaitis
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