2014 NBA Playoffs: Chris Bosh Is The Key To Miami Heat's Second Round Success

By Richard Nurse
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If you know anything about the Miami Heat, you know that Udonis Haslem is probably the toughest, LeBron James is the best, Dwyane Wade is arguably the most clutch and coach Erik Spoelstra is undoubtedly underrated. But the one thing that goes under the radar is a statement that has been echoed throughout the organization ever since the Big Three came into existence — Chris Bosh is the most important piece to the puzzle.

And according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel’s Ira Winderman he’ll be key against the Brooklyn Nets:

“While LeBron clearly is the center of it all, Chris Bosh has to assert himself against [Kevin] Garnett, not just settling for jumpers, but utilizing his quickness against Garnett.”

On the surface, Bosh’s stats in Miami against Garnett are not too shabby. They both averaged roughly 14 points against each other in the regular season — over the course of 11 games — and 12.4 and 15.5, respectively, after eight playoff battles.

However, the eye test still tells you that he disappears when he sees KG snarling on the court next to him.

Evidence shows that when the two matchup, there are times when you do not even recognize that Bosh is an All-Star. It’s like he goes into a shell and completely disappears — either settling for jump shots or casually avoiding the ball. Then people begin to think that he is afraid of the pretend bully that is Garnett.

In losses against him, his statistics just drop. And they drop even more in the playoffs (7.5 points per game). It’s a case of the ultimate drift that Heat fans pray he doesn’t coast into in the second round.

Richard Nurse is a columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @blackirishpr or add him to your network on Google.

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