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08:11 AM ET 05.16 | Finally, Chris Bosh, while in street clothes, may get his due in Miami. Nobody would say that Miami losing Bosh is comparable to the Bulls losing Derrick Rose or the Magic losing Dwight Howard -- but Tuesday night sure made a case in that direction. That's what should be most depressing to a Heat fan today. Miami has clearly the two best players in this series in [LeBron James and Dwyane Wade], but it might not be enough. It hasn't always been this season, with Miami only 4-6 without Bosh. And it sure wasn't Tuesday. ... The Heat got 52 of its 75 points from James and Wade. That isn't two stars taking over. That is two stars bereft of a supporting cast in terms of reliable offensive pop.

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May 16, 2012  08:21 AM ET

If the Heat had just made their free throws down the stretch, then this would be a moot point.

May 16, 2012  08:25 AM ET

They should play more pick and roll with james/wade and haslem. Haslem can shoot from 15 feet, he only got 4 pts last game... Also the Heat only got 1 three point FG from Miller/Battier, that is not enough

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May 16, 2012  08:33 AM ET

I've always said that if the "Big 3" REALLY wanted to dominate they would have all taken salaries around the mid-level exception line (not like most of their income isn't from endorsements anyway) then let the team go out and get the biggest free agents again the next year, like Williams at PG and Dwight at C....

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May 16, 2012  08:38 AM ET

"Nobody would say that Miami losing Bosh is comparable to the Bulls losing Derrick Rose or the Magic losing Dwight Howard "

Im going to say that yes it is... this series is over.. Miami will be lucky in getting another win.

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May 16, 2012  08:39 AM ET

Im sure no one noticed, but Miami could have easily lost game 1 too. This series could have been 2-0 indy

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May 16, 2012  08:42 AM ET

Minus the 2 remaining stars, the Heat don't have another player that can dribble drive or create their own shot. They're gonna have to step it up and knock down some shots. That box score is pitiful.

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May 16, 2012  08:44 AM ET
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Im sure no one noticed, but Miami could have easily lost game 1 too. This series could have been 2-0 indy

How the hell does a man get an abdominal injury with no contact...I'm telling you fellas... Bosh is pregnant!

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May 16, 2012  08:47 AM ET
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Miami simply has too much pride to go down to the Pacers. The Heat are still the favorite to win this series.However, it's still wide open, and the series will probably go 7 games - or at least 6. In the end, even the winner will be worn down and will have a tough time getting past the following round. The Celtics have an easier path to the Conference Finals.

My pick was for the cetics to go all the way

May 16, 2012  08:49 AM ET

Now heres the funny part of all this.....yes the excuses from the Heat apologists. Look the Heat have two of the five best players in the NBA plus the backpocket refs, and so the lost of their other top 15 player really shouldn't matter to you people. Melo doesn't play with anything remotely close to what the Heat plays with in terms of personal. i.g....Chalmers...decent, Halsem....decent, Battier.......decent, Miller........decent, Turiaf......decent defender, Anthony.........decent rebounder, so STOP MAKING EXCUSES. The Heat should just **** up and play because they're great, look they're so great that Lebron played an entire game with intense physical play and had zero personal fouls. I say this is magnificent excecution by Mr. James so you apologists do need to make any excuse for the next NBA champion Miami Heat.....**** up and live with it. I say this because you people exhibit such anger at Melo whom has less to work with and yet you will try to give the benefit of doubt to Lebron, Wade and the Heat as a whole.

You people better hope they win it all. I have serious reservation about them doing that and I'm waiting to explode with a barrage of opinons for ya if the Heat ultimately not win a ring this year, bank on it!

May 16, 2012  08:50 AM ET
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My pick was for the cetics to go all the way

Pacers-Sixers in the Conf Finals.....

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May 16, 2012  08:52 AM ET
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Im sure no one noticed, but Miami could have easily lost game 1 too. This series could have been 2-0 indy

Same with the Celtics-Sixers. Both teams could've been 2-0. The East have some really good Conf semis going here.

 
May 16, 2012  08:54 AM ET
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Wade blew a layup with 16 seconds left that would've tied the game. He also had a second consecutive miserable shooting game, going 8-of-22. His jump shot has completely deserted him in the playoffs thus far. He's 12-of-49 (25 percent) on jumpers in the postseason and 4-of-19 (21 percent) in the two games against the Pacers.

Not like Wade's ever had a mid-range jumper to begin with. Both he and Lebanon are slashers.

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