Chris Bosh Shows Us in Game 7 That Miami Heat Has True Big Three

Peter Emerick@@peteremerickSenior Writer IIJune 10, 2012

MIAMI, FL - JUNE 05:  Chris Bosh #1 of the Miami Heat reacts in the first half against the Boston Celtics in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Finals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs on June 5, 2012 at American Airlines Arena 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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The Miami Heat are headed to the 2012 NBA Finals to face off against the Oklahoma City Thunder, and they have LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh to thank for that.

While a lot has been said about whether the Miami Heat are LeBron James or Dwyane Wade's team, Game 7 against the Boston Celtics showed us that the Miami Heat are the Big Three's team—yes, that includes Chris Bosh.

When the fourth quarter began with the game tied at 73, the Heat's Big Three took over and scored their final 28 points.

Bosh accounted for eight points, including two absolutely pivotal three-pointers. Wade chipped in nine points, including a clutch three-point play to close out the game. Finally, James added another 11 points, including a ridiculous dagger from about 30-feet out.

Game 7 proved that while LeBron and Wade are certainly the superstars in South Beach, they wouldn't be where they're at right now without the play of the often-criticized Bosh.

Without Bosh's timely three-point jumpers and his incredible 80 percent shooting from the field in Game 7, the Heat could certainly be crying in their locker rooms rather than celebrating a second-straight trip to the Finals.

Time and time again, Bosh's toughness has been called into question, but he showed in Game 7 that his biggest asset is his willingness to do whatever his team needs him to do to win. While other star players would whine and complain about having to come off the bench, Bosh quietly assumed his role, knowing that it was exactly the kind of spark the Heat needed.

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MIAMI, FL - JUNE 09:  Chris Bosh #1 of the Miami Heat celebrates after the Heat defeat the Boston Celtics 101-88 and adcance to the NBA Finals in Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Finals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs on June 9, 2012 at American Airlines Are
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While LeBron and Wade are hands down the two superstars of the Heat's Big Three, Bosh is the emotional glue that holds them together.

Yes, Bosh is sometimes goofy, and he's not exactly the most physically intimidating player, but he's the kind of hard-working player whom the Heat can rely on in a critical moment.

It's time for everyone to stop questioning if the Heat are better off trading Bosh and whether Bosh is on the same level as LeBron and Wade.

Bosh's Game 7 performance serves as evidence that not only is he on the same level as LeBron and Wade, but he's, at times, more pivotal to the Heat's success.

Now, it's time to see if the Heat truly have the most dominant and best Big Three in the NBA, as they head to Oklahoma City to face off against the Thunder's version comprised of Kevin Durant, James Harden and Russell Westbrook.

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