Chris Bosh and his inconsistency has been the headache of the Miami Heat nation this season. The power forward/center has shown signs of prominence, but his poor performances have out-shined his strong ones. Thursday night proved to be one of those games that leave you shaking your head.
In the disappointing 102-92 loss to the New York Knicks, Bosh went 3-for-10 from the field for a pathetic six points and didn’t make it to the charity stripe. He did add nine rebounds and four assists, but those stat lines are overshadowed by his lack of offensive production and Amare Stoudemire.
Stoudemire bullied his way around the paint for a double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds. Once a dominant force in the paint, Stoudemire has been plagued by injuries since joining the Knicks. It didn’t look that way against Heat, however, as Bosh looked like the one who was plagued by injuries.
With all that being said, Bosh needs to put Thursday night behind him and focus on the Brooklyn Nets. Shane Battier and Mario Chalmers will likely miss the game due to injuries, and there is a chance Dwyane Wade will sit since it is part of consecutive games. Miami may be shorthanded and will need big performances out of LeBron James and Bosh.
I especially picked Bosh to have a big game Friday night because Brooklyn’s frontcourt has been ravaged by injuries. With no Brook Lopez and an aging Kevin Garnett, Bosh should be able to navigate himself around the interior. I would like to say that Bosh will have a double-double in points and rebounds, but those two haven’t gone hand-in-hand lately for the big man.
The Nets will also be without Deron Williams as he continues to deal with ankle injuries. Even with all the injuries, Miami cannot afford to look beyond this game. Pay close attention to Bosh, because he will be the key factor in Friday night’s battle with Brooklyn.