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No Home Cookin’ For Bosh

DALLAS – Much will be made this week about the return of native son Chris Bosh, who leads his Miami Heat team into the thick of The Finals against the Dallas Mavericks for Games, 3, 4 and 5 at American Airlines Center.

But don’t confuse the purpose of this trip for the Heat power forward.

It’s all business.

Strictly business, to be exact. And that means Bosh will curb his enthusiasm to cruise around the old neighborhood, hang with old friends and family indulge in home cooked meals. That’s right, there will be no home cookin’ for Bosh this week.

“Everything is familiar around town. But just to keep my edge I’ve been treating this like I’m on the road like usual, which we are,” said the proud Lincoln High School alum. “I don’t want to have that home feeling. Like somebody asked me am I getting a home cooked meal? Absolutely not. I want to eat all garbage, junk food and room service just to get that road feel.”

Bosh said the Heat have been good all season about compartmentalizing things and staying on task, wherever the schedule has taken them — the other members of the Heat’s Big 3, LeBron James (Cleveland) and Dwyane Wade (Chicago), have had to play game at home throughout the season and playoffs as well.

“We’ve got all summer to kick it and do whatever we want to do,” he said. “But right now it’s all about basketball.”

And today it’s all about a critical Game 3 matchup against the Heat where Bosh and the Heat will try to douse the excitement of the home crowd from the start.

“This game is pivotal for us and just to bounce back and to take control of the series again,” Bosh said. “We want to take home court right back and our focus is to take the wind out of the crowd and the home team right off the bat. But I’m confident in all of our guys. We’ve done this all season. And it shouldnt stop now. We’re approaching this challenge the same way we always have.”

Memphis-OKC: Small markets, big game

OKLAHOMA CITY – They know how the outside world will view them, as the annoying little brother, the other guys.

The Lakers vs. Mavs will have Kobe vs. Dirk, a pair of individual virtuosos and offensive machines who can melt scoreboards with their point production, not to mention Phil Jackson vs. Mark Cuban, who’ve both been known to intentionally start fires.

The Bulls vs. Hawks will have the continued ascension – and possibly the official coronation – of Derrick Rose into the realm of the elite as the youngest MVP in history and youngest player ever to make the entire horde of TV analysts run out of adjectives.

The Heat vs. Celtics will, of course, have enough breathless conversation to suck the air right out of the room.

Then there’s Grizzlies vs. Thunder. Oh yeah, them. No. 4 vs. No. 8 in the Western Conference, a matchup between two of the smallest markets in the NBA who’ll be lucky if anyone even notices they’re playing.

That is, until the ball goes up. Don’t make the mistake of grabbing the remote and changing the channel.

“I hope that people appreciate teams that play hard and play well together,” said the Grizzlies’ Shane Battier. “We may not have a whole lot of marquee names. But both Oklahoma and our team play very well together, play hard, play the right way. If you’re a basketball fan you should enjoy this series.”