A Peek At Life Without LeBron James For Miami Heat
5 Takeaways From The Miami Heat Game Without King James
He danced, posed, shouted and even cloaked Chris Bosh in his tan jacket like he was the second coming of James Brown. The only thing that LeBron James didn’t do was actually get out on the court and play.
It was the first taste of life without James this season, but it came off very similar to life without Dwyane Wade.
Bosh became the aggressive player that many could remember from back in his Toronto Raptors days. As Miami Heat sideline reporter Jason Jackson would say, Bosh was out there putting up a “big boy double-double.” He had the type of 37-point, 10 rebound game that only happens when there’s a missing cog in the Big Three.
“I just try to put in as much hard work as possible and play my role,” Bosh told Jackson in the post-game interview. “And when I have a chance to step up and increase it a little bit if guys are out and we need it …”
The key going forward is for coach Erik Spoelstra to figure out a way to bottle the Bosh that wants to go for the three to win -- rather than the tie -- and get rid of the guy who often drifts off on the court. Because when he’s fully engaged in a game he’s dangerous. Which is probably why people within the organization have called him the most important piece on multiple occasions.
But who knew he was so clutch?
According to ESPN’s Stats and Info, Bosh is 7-for-10 in his career on potential game-tying or go-ahead three-point attempts in the final 10 seconds of the fourth quarter/OT. That includes last year’s game winning three in San Antonio and 2012’s overtime-forcer in Atlanta -- both without James.
For Bosh, life could be a lot worse without the Chosen One. For the others it could be a toss up. So, take a minute to flip through the next five slides to get a peek at the other takeaways of Miami basketball without the biggest of the three.
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5. Return Of The Raptor
Not only does Chris Bosh’s aggressiveness return when LeBron is out, but so do his superstar moments. That showed with his 5-for-5 start -- against the Portland Trail Blazers -- that ended with what Dwyane Wade told ESPN was a “cold-blooded” game-winning three.
4. Bring Back 2008
Michael Beasley, Dwyane Wade and Mario Chalmers were all in the starting lineup while at times sharing the court with Udonis Haslem.
Without James, the Miami Heat looked like they were trying to give fans flashbacks of 2008.
3. A Reliable Chalmers
“There were some fingers pointed at [Mario] Chalmers, fair or not, that his flagrant foul on DeMarcus Cousins Friday night in Sacramento might've cost the Heat that game,” wrote ESPN’s Brian Windhorst. “Chalmers came back and had a strong all-around performance as he flirted with his first career triple-double.” The Heat will need that kind of play down the stretch from the point guard.
2. Too Much Wade
For the first time since sitting out his back-to-backs, Dwyane Wade looked like he was trying to do too much while turning the ball over and forcing shots.