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Posted By Sean Eckhardt On Mar 6 2012 @ 12:54 am In Miami Heat | No Comments

Over the past two season’s Miami Head Coach Eric Spoelstra has made the accusation that Bosh is the most important piece of the “Big 3″.  We wouldn’t listen.  No way this guy is better than Wade County or the “Chosen One”.  On the other side, guys like Charles Barkley referred to the Miami trio as the “Big 2 1/2″.  ESPN’s Skip Bayless has called Chris “Bosh Spice”, implying of course that Bosh is soft, especially in the paint.  And while most Heat fans can’t stand the two aforementioned analysts, they probably thought those two guys were a lot closer to the truth than Spoelstra.

Back-to-back losses over the weekend, while Bosh was absent due to the passing of his grandmother, may have been the elixir we needed to see the truth; Coach Spoe might be dead on.  DWade and LeBron both had excellent games in Utah, as the two combined for 66 points on 26 of 44 shooting.  That wasn’t enough however, as the Jazz were able to hold off a Heat rally in the fourth and win, 99-98.  Miami was  outrebounded 50-32 and outscored in the paint 52-38.  The Heat just doesn’t have a legitimate frontcourt without Bosh in the lineup.  Udonis Haslem and Shane Battier are nice players, but they can’t compare to what Bosh brings to the table.  He is a matchup nightmare for almost every team in the NBA.

When Bosh signed with Miami back in 2010, I think most people were expected a traditional power forward like Karl Malone.  CB is never going to be Malone, but he also does some things better than that Hall of Famer did.  Bosh has one of the most fluid jump shots you will ever see.  His touch actually reminds me a little of Hakeem Olajuwon.  Obviously, he doesn’t dominate the paint like Malone or “The Dream” did, but today’s NBA is more of a perimeter game anyway.  Shortly after he signed, I wrote that it was more important for the Heat to acquire him than it was to sign LeBron.  My thinking was that Bosh was a complimentary player for Mr. Wade, while bringing in James was more like icing on the franchise player cake.  Albeit six layers of icing.  I never really considered Chris to be the Heat’s MVP though.  That designation has always been given to Dwyane Wade, and he has earned it.  However, while Batman and Robin might be more important to the league, Spoe might be right about Bosh’s importance to Miami’s title hopes.

The Heat can win without Wade or James, obviously they can’t lose both.  If you take Chris Bosh off the team though, there is a real problem.  Then Miami has no real options on offense down low, and it also scrambles the defensive rotation.  I’m sure LBJ can guard anyone, but him on Gasol just created openings all over the floor for the Lakers.  As the Heat travel home to take on New Jersey Tuesday night, I’m sure everyone is hoping that 1) Chris is feeling a little better mentally and 2) He is ready to suit up.

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