A good defense is a good offense.
If the Miami Heat can't score, that puts more pressure on its defense.
Bosh might be the team's third offensive option, but he was able to pour in 18 points a game and had 23 games with 20 or more points.
For a third option, that ain't half bad.
Ronny Turiaf and Dexter Pittman (3 points per game each) and Shane Battier (4.8 ppg) don't make up the difference. Battier has scored more than 10 points (seven times) while Pittman did it four times.
Those three have combined for 13 points in two games.
The Heat now lack a big who could consistently score, pressuring LeBron James and Dwyane Wade to carry even more of the offensive load.
Bosh was able to keep defenses honest with his inside game and mid-range jumper, but now teams just have to slow down James and Wade to stop Miami's attack.
The Pacers did just that in Game 3 by limiting D-Wade to five points (2-of-13 shooting).
Without Bosh, the Heat have averaged 75 points in two games. That's significantly down from their seasonal average of 98.5 points a night.
Bob Bajek is an NBA/Chicago Bulls featured columnist. He is also a freelance reporter and can be followed on Patch.com and Twitter.