Some might consider the Miami Heat‘s upcoming game against the Utah Jazz a trap game. Because the Jazz rank in the bottom 20 in all four major statistical categories (points, rebounds, assists and points allowed per game), it’s going to take a lot for this basement-dwelling Western Conference team to upset the defending champs.
Although the Heat rank 30th in the league in rebounding, the Jazz aren’t far behind at 26th. What this means is that the defending champs have the opportunity to improve on the boards and mentally prepare themselves for the heavyweight bout that is to come on Wednesday night against the Indiana Pacers.
Because Chris Bosh had such a dominant game against the frontcourt of the Cleveland Cavaliers this past Sunday, his play should once again be the focal point for the Heat right out of the gate. Bosh will have his work cut out for him tonight, having to defend Jazz starting center Enes Kanter, who averages 11.7 PPG.
Outside of his offensive output, Kanter is typically a poor rebounder, so Bosh should have no problem boxing out the young center in the paint and snatching as many rebounds as he can.
Regardless of where the Jazz rank in terms of rebounding, the Heat will need to make it a team wide effort if they are to prevail in this potential trap game. We know what to expect from LeBron James on the boards, but Bosh’s rebounding will be the potential game-deciding variable.