The Chris Bosh bashers came out of the woodwork after he went 0-for-4 from 3-point territory, including a critical wide-open miss from the wing with a minute left that would've sliced the Spurs' lead to one point in what became a 92-88 Game 1 loss Thursday. That's why the bulk of Friday afternoon's media session was dedicated to listening to Bosh, his protective teammates and coach defending the 6-foot-10 center's shot selection. "Look, we're not going to overreact to those misses,'' coach Erik Spoelstra said. "He was wide open. He hit some big ones already. We do need to commit to getting to some second situations, getting the ball to the weak side. "If he makes one of those, everybody's perspective is different.'' It's obviously part of Spurs coach Gregg Popovich's defensive strategy to pack the paint to curtail drives by LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, while closing in on Miami's successful 3-point shooters such as Ray Allen and Mike Miller, who were on the floor during crunch time. That has to leave someone open on the perimeter, specifically Bosh, who had 3-point success in last year's playoffs (7-of-13) and this year (15-of-35), but is a mediocre 28.8 percent over his 10-year career. It's the lowest career percentage on the active roster among those who attempted at least 26 3-pointers. Still, Bosh burned the Bucks on 3-of-4 in Game 1 of Miami's first-round sweep, helped draw Bulls center Joakim Noah away from the basket (4-of-8) in the second round, and drained 8-of-16 against the Pacers despite notching four consecutive single-digit point outings. "The last guys you want shooting it is Ray or Mike,'' said Pacers guard Danny Green. "You have to give up something. The percentages say you give it up to a big man, even though [Bosh] shoots it like a guard.'' Allen, the NBA's all-time leading 3-point sharpshooter in the regular season and playoffs, made 3-of-4. Miller has a 40.6 career mark, excluding last year's epic 7-of-11 3-point outburst in the Game 5 title clincher against the Thunder.
Chris Bosh and teammates defend his 3-point shots
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel | Jun 7