Lakers vs. Heat: Heat Loss Proves It's a Big 3, Not a Big 2 in Miami

Svyato Rovenchuk@TorontosClassicSenior Writer IMarch 4, 2012

MIAMI, FL - MAY 31:  LeBron James #6 and Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat hug alongside teammate Chris Bosh #1 of the Miami Heat after the Heat defeat the Dallas Mavericks 92-84 in Game One of the 2011 NBA Finals at American Airlines Arena on May 31, 2011 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Ever since the Miami Heat Big Three Came together, people have been quick to take shots at these guys. Although LeBron does receive the majority of them, many of the stones being thrown at the Big Three are being thrown at Chris Bosh. The argument being that Miami doesn't have a Big Three, but rather a Big Two in just Wade and James. 

People have been quick to discredit Chris Bosh. A lot of people said that Chris Bosh was just a good, not great, player playing for a mediocre Raptors team. The argument made by most was that Bosh was overhyped and was going to ride Wade and James to a title.

Now this hate may have been due to Bosh's subpar play initially after joining the Heat, however, even when he picked it up, the hate continued. Many felt like whether or not he was there it wouldn't matter. Well today against the Lakers, it did matter.

LeBron and the Heat took on the Los Angeles Lakers today at the Staples Center. Bosh was missing the game, because of the recent passing of his grandmother. With that, LA's gameplan was very simple, exploit the bigs.

Los Angeles put a lot of pressure on Wade and James and dared Miami to go to some of the big guys on the team. Oh and Miami dared to do it. There were plenty of passes to Anthony, Haslem, Howard inside, with the result being much of the same, a big fat miss.

Whether it was clunked of the rim, an air ball, or just a flat out miss, the shots just didn't fall. Howard (3), Anthony (7) and Haslem (0) combined for 10 points in the game. 

With Bosh in the lineup, he'll either force the Lakers to stretch their defense, creating more opportunities for Wade and James or he'll take advantage of the defense and put up big numbers himself. Either way, Bosh really does help the cause.

On the defensive side of the ball, the absence of Chris Bosh really doesn't help either. James was playing the 4 most of the game. Although LeBron did a good job on Gasol in the game, you're still losing out.

The Heat did not have the flexibility to throw James against Bryant, Bryant put up 33 points.

It also allowed for a big night from Metta World Peace (formerly known as Ron Artest). He put up 17 points in a strong outing.

Let's not forget Bynum, who despite the double teams being thrown at him at times managed to put up 16.

Bosh playing really would have made a difference there.

Another area where the Heat needed Bosh was on the glass. The Heat were outrebounding 44 to 35 in the game. The Heat had more offensive rebounds than defensive in this one (18-17). Now I don't know if I should be crediting them on their good hustle on the offensive glass or picking on them for their poor job at their own.

Yes LeBron James did step up for the Heat with 13 rebounds, but the second highest total for a Miami Heat player, four.

Now through it all, LeBron still managed to put up a solid performance of 25 points, 13 rebounds, seven assists, three steals and two blocked shots.

Now imagine if you have Bosh in the mix. That ceiling would have been a lot higher for LeBron, likely a triple-double performance.

Basically what I'm trying to get at here is Bosh's value to the Heat as a team is really underrated. He takes pressure of his other two superstars, gets his own points, allows them to do more defensively, and gives them a solid rebounder on the glass.

The fact that they lost to the Jazz, a team they really had no business losing to, and the Lakers, a team they crushed earlier this season, really should say something.

Bosh is an asset to this team, not a liability by any means. Anyone who doesn't think so is either ignorant or enjoy making a fool out of themselves.