More and more people are starting to realize that the Heat are far from a lock to win the championship. Since the All-Star break, Miami has not been the best team in the league. Arguably, they have not even been in the top five. However, nobody will count the Heat out of the race for a championship even if they lose the rest of their regular season games.
That being said, surely the Heat would love to go into the postseason playing much better basketball. After years of watching the Lakers turn it on and off maybe Miami feels they can do the same. But the Lakers didn't have to go through Derrick Rose or match-up with the Celtics in the first round.
Now we don't know who the Heat will play in the first round just yet, but what we do know is this: Chris Bosh will be the key for a South Beach Title Run. How so? I'm glad you asked and am more than willing to provide you with multiple answers.
The Heat have got to have a reliable and respectable third option in order to be successful. It makes things easier on both Wade and James when defense are forced to respect an inside presence and a big man who can stretch the floor.
Miami doesn't have to look far for its scoring. James, Wade and Bosh carry the bulk day in and day out. But when Bosh doesn't show up on the offensive end, that is when the Heat truly struggle.
Miami would be best off getting Bosh going early in games, especially come playoff time. Let him establish a rhythm and flow, especially in series openers. Once he gets going he is hard to stop. People forget just how talented a scorer Bosh is.
Defense is probably the most underrated aspect of Chris Bosh's game. He's got a long wingspan, active hands and can guard multiple positions. After putting on some weight on during the offseason he can bang down low and he still has the speed to start on a four man and switch onto a small forward from time to time.
When Bosh missed a few games earlier in the season, in particular against the Lakers, his size and defense presence was missed much more than his scoring. That is not the common belief, but it is the truth.
Let's take a look at those who plan on contending for an Eastern Conference championship. The Bulls, Celtics, Magic, Knicks and even the Pacers. Every one of those teams has a solid power forward that Bosh would have to match up with, each one with a different type of game.
Bosh bothers Boozer with his length, matches up very well with KG, can go out on the perimeter and guard Ryan Anderson, seems to always win the match-up with Amare, and is simply a better player than David West.
Now it's up to Bosh to show his worth. Not only on the offensive end, but on defense as well.
I cannot emphasize this enough. Bosh has got to rebound for the Heat to win. Miami is too small and should not have to rely on their perimeter players rebounding, even if they are LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.
Ronny Turiaf was a nice edition for the Heat, but it's not like he's a rebounding machine. Joel Anthony can change a shot or two, but he will never grab 10 boards. It comes down to Bosh. In reality the Heat have no true center and Bosh is about as good as it gets and when he locks in he can be a very good rebounder.
Like I stated previously the Heat are best when Bosh plays defense. Well, rebounding and finishing possessions is all apart of defense. No rebounding, no title. It can't really get any more simple. He averaged double-digit boards as a Raptor, he's got to get back to that.
The fact that some people have deemed Dwyane Wade and LeBron James and discounted Bosh as a legitimate all-star says it all. Bosh surely hears the whispers and as much as he wants to simply let them go in one ear and out the other, he can't.
The Heat have to get Bosh more involved, and it all starts with more touches in the post. We've all seen it, when a player gets more touches on offense they are more inclined to do more of the little things like step in for a charge or rebound.
It all starts with touches for Bosh. As much as he has accepted his lesser role in Miami, at the end of the day, he is still a superstar looking for the ball.
If Bosh is getting the ball and not producing that's another story and by getting Bosh the ball I don't mean kicking it out to him for open jumpers. Run some sets for him, get him going, put him in the post, just don't let him mentally check out of games.
Bosh has repeatedly been associated with talking to himself to get himself going and to help him stay in games. However, it should be his teammates, coaching staff, and even the fans doing everything in their power to involve Bosh.
The sooner the Heat realize just how important Bosh is, the better future they will have. He may not be the best player on the roster, but there is no doubt he is the most important.