Chris Bosh can't quite pinpoint the problem.
He feels like he's getting good looks, but they just aren't falling. They haven't been falling for a while now in fact, as his field-goal percentage has dipped close to the Mendoza Line over the last five games (28.0).
And that's the biggest problem threatening to disrupt Miami's title defense: the fact that Bosh doesn't recognize that there is indeed a problem, if his comments reported by USA Today, following Miami's 92-88 loss to the San Antonio Spurs in Game 1, are any indication:
I'm not going to compromise my whole body of work off of one series or two games, or three games, or half a season for that matter...Sometimes you've just got to make shots. I understand that. You have to have the confidence and, really, the know-how to just be able to let it go and move on to the next possession and the next shot.
Bosh has never been a prototypical post player. And his ability to stretch the defense is often what allows Miami's offense to click, providing optimal spacing for the Heat's slashers and shooters. He used to balance his jumpers with strong drives to the basket around bigger, slower defenders. But he didn't always stray so far from the basket.
Bosh attempted four threes in Game 1 and missed all four, none bigger than the one he fired off with 1:01 left in regulation and Miami facing a four-point deficit.
The play itself wasn't egregious in its design. LeBron James drove to the basket, and once the defenders collapsed he found a wide open teammate on the wing.
But the fact that Bosh was so open for that late-game look wasn't some stroke of luck; it happened by design. And Erik Spoelstra wasn't the one responsible for creating that shot:
Spoelstra on Bosh 3: "He was open. Probably open for a reason at that point."
—Marcus Thompson (@gswscribe) June 7, 2013
It's not that Spoelstra had any Mark Jackson-esque "inside information." It's just that that's what the Spurs do; they don't let teams beat them with their greatest offensive weapon.
What does that mean for Miami moving forward? Probably a steady diet of clean looks for Bosh, at least until he can restore some of his All-Star level confidence.
No matter the reasons behind why he'll be left open again, Bosh plans to keep firing away.
"They can give (those shots) to me, and I'll take it," Bosh said. "I'll take any open shot. I just missed a couple. I think one was a bad shot. I probably could've had a better option, but if they want to leave me open then that's cool with me."
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