Bosh Vows To Be 3-Free To Thwart Spurs

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SAN ANTONIO – We apparently have reached the reverse psychology phase of The Finals, where the adjustments and counter-adjustments have gone from the Xs & Os of the whiteboard to the inner game of participants’ minds. And Miami’s Chris Bosh is out front of that, heading into Game 3 against the San Antonio Spurs  on Tuesday night (9 p.m. ET, ABC) at the AT&T Center.

Say goodbye to Bosh as a 3-point shooter, at least for the foreseeable future.

“With this [Spurs] team, it seems like that’s what they want me to do so I’m not going to do it,” he told the media after Miami’s morning shootaround session. “They want me to shoot 3s. I could tell by looking at the film. So I really just changed it up.”

Bosh took four 3-point shots and missed them all in the Finals opener. In Game 2 Sunday, all 10 of his shots came from inside the circle, and both he (plus-19 compared to minus-4 in Game 1) and the Heat did better.

There was something in the way Spurs defenders held back — maybe even folding their arms and rolling their eyes — when Bosh got the ball outside the arc that made him catch on in video review.

” ‘Cause nobody was closing out to me, and I’m like, ‘OK, if nobody’s closing out ot me, that means they want me to shoot it,’ ” Bosh said. “So I just wanted to get in an area where I could be more aggressive and kind of really work against that game plan they have.”

Who could blame San Antonio? Sure, Bosh had made 48.4 percent of his 3-pointers in the first round of the playoffs, including 8-of-16 against Indiana in the Eastern Conference finals. But in the regular season, he shot 28.4 percent from out there on only 74 attempts. His career average: 28.8 percent.

Now it’s possible that by the time this championship series gets to Games 4, 5 or 6, both sides might be into triple- or quadruple-psychology where the Spurs will close out hard again, Bosh will initially think that means they don’t want him to shoot from that distance and then he’ll have a Eureka! moment of I know that they know that I know…

But for now, it’s a simple tweak that paid off with a more all-around performance (12 points, 10 rebounds, four assists) from him, compared to his low-impact play in the opener. He is 8-for-14 from midrange in the series.

“I’m just trying to do my best to get everybody involved when I have the chance,” Bosh said. “Sometimes it really gets me going to [be] more of a threat too. If I make the right passes, maybe they’ll space out a little bit and I can get a couple layups and a few more open jumpers.”

In other words, the light bulb is on and Bosh has come around to what so many critics have been saying: Get inside, closer to the paint, and play more like a power forward.

“I can always step out and knock those down,” Bosh said. “But to get in a better rhythm, I think starting closer to the basket is ideal for me.”

23 Comments

  1. Marlin Perkins says:

    Can you get some Audio on that screaming thing he does after one of his 3 pointers. He gets his old neck stretched out there and his mouth piece hangin out, man I would love to hear what that sounds like please? Something out of the STARWARS Bar scene almost, a Chewbaca type noise or Jurasic Park dinosaur yodel? Its go to be unreal?

    • 34yr fan says:

      Yes indeed !!….the “Happy Primal Screamer” ………….but hide the kids…….lol…….rofl

  2. Ricky Martin says:

    Didn’t read this until today after the 36 point blow out. Bosh is a dumb as a post. What the hell is he talking about. Really Gene, who does coach this team?. Unreal. I am a full on Spurs fan, but I am also disappointed with the Heat. Bosh goes on the TV to talk to Skip Bayless because he called him Bosh Spice? Are you serious? What would TD do in that situation. I would hurt him bad, or get Roy Hibbert to hurt him, the HOMO!

  3. Big Al says:

    It’s easier said than done. Bosh still didn’t get inside as often as he should have in Game 3. He kept shooting jumpers that were hardly successful. Again, the Heat were outrebounded especially offensively. He makes Miami’s height disadvantage even worse by not being where he should be. Mark my words, YOU WILL BE TRADED if the teams loses it all.

  4. Nbais-a-joke says:

    the ref tried it again but put the ball in the hole, and there is no possibility to cheat, how in the word can you marc davis ,danny crawford miss the hit in duncans face?the goaltending from bosh…and so and on, ok spurs keep it up then this calls dont bothers you. but maybe joey crawford is coming next game anfd gives some T for laughing …

  5. Vero Possumus says:

    Aaaaaand he just took (and missed) a three.

  6. niknok says:

    who cares?
    spurs will win anyway

  7. g says:

    it s strange to say but this game all depends on how dwayne wade will perform

  8. AG says:

    Great, another Heat article. If the NBA is going to make all these articles about the Heat, then they obviously planned for the Heat to win the championship.

  9. Alaskan Hunter says:

    Heat 96 – 88

  10. Gene says:

    The more I think I know, the more I learn how little I actually do know. This is my eureka moment! Until now I though the coaches formulated the game plan. But I am learning that, at least with Miami, the players make the adjustments.

  11. KingKong says:

    Bosh is not playing great, let the Birdman do the job.Lol

  12. SAN ANTONIO 2 GOOD FOR MIAMI HATE!

  13. who did wut says:

    I like how you put the Eureka! moment lol.

  14. Germany says:

    NO THE WON’T, IF MIAMI HITS SHOTS…THAT’S THE KEY OFFENSIVE EXECUTION!!!

  15. Patty says:

    THE SPURS WILL BE JUST FINE!!!