Chris Bosh offered his teammates an apology for his lackluster play in the Miami Heat's Game 6 loss to the Indiana Pacers.
The Pacers took down Miami, 91-77, on Saturday in Indianapolis to even the Eastern Conference Finals at three games apiece and forced Monday's decisive Game 7.
ESPN's Tom Haberstroh reported the apology, noting that Bosh told him he's "not being aggressive and not playing my best ball."
It's hard to argue with him.
In 31 minutes in Game 6, Bosh scored just five points, grabbed four boards and had one block. He was also just 1-of-8 from the field, which may make Heat fans cringe at the thought of Bosh being more aggressive.
It's not just the last game that was disappointing for Bosh. As Haberstroh points out, the 29-year-old is mired in a slump that has seen him go three straight games without hitting double digits in points.
That is the first time this has happened to Bosh since his rookie year.
For the series, Bosh is averaging 11.3 points, 3.7 rebounds and 0.7 blocks all while shooting just 41.1 percent from the floor. This is a sharp decline from the regular season, in which Bosh went for 16.6 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game. He also set a career high by hitting 53.5 percent of his field-goal attempts.
Most damaging for Bosh, though, is the fact that he isn't hitting his mid-range jumper.
He doesn't have the strength to make an impact down low against the stronger David West and Roy Hibbert. If he isn't hitting his jumper to pull those guys away from the basket, he has shown few other ways he can impact this series.
If Bosh doesn't regain his shooting touch on Monday, chances are he will be apologizing to his teammates for another poor performance, and a missed opportunity at reaching the NBA Finals for the second year in a row.
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