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Erik Spoelstra: Chris Bosh is Heat's 'most important player'

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10:40 PM ET 05.19 | One would think that NBA MVP LeBron James would be the Heat's most important player. But don't tell that to Heat coach Erik Spoelstra, who bestows that title upon Chris Bosh. ???He is our most important player for a reason,??? Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. ???We???ve said that for three seasons. He allows everything to work on both ends of the court.??? Bosh has been excellent thus far in the playoffs, outplaying Joakim Noah in the Heat's second-round series victory over the Bulls. Bosh has played well on both sides of the floor, protecting the rim on defense and knocking down jumpers at a high rate on offense. Bosh will face another challenge in Roy Hibbert in the Eastern Conference Finals. Miami did have some struggles against Indiana in last year's postseason, but Bosh missed most of the series due to an abdominal injury.

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May 19, 2013  11:30 PM ET

I don't agree with him. But I know what he is trying to say.

Bosh is a VERY important player, not the MOST important.

May 19, 2013  11:35 PM ET

This is Spo's tactic to remind the Pacers to give Bosh the attention he deserves. If the Pacers respect Bosh and his jumper, they'll defend him properly and he'll pull Hibbert/West out of the paint, allowing James and Wade to have their way at the basket. A lay-up or dunk by either Wade or James is a lot more efficient then a Bosh jumper, regardless of how well he's been shooting recently.

May 19, 2013  11:37 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

I don't agree with him. But I know what he is trying to say. Bosh is a VERY important player, not the MOST important.

Everyone knows that Lebron is the best player on the team and thus their most important player, but Bosh's role is very intricate to the team's success.

May 19, 2013  11:53 PM ET

Whatever it is, the Pacers will have to double-team Lebron every single time. If Wade or Bosh happen to beat them despite that, then tough luck.

May 20, 2013  03:58 AM ET

The Pacer's ain't gonna fall for this article...

May 20, 2013  09:04 AM ET

Cool story, Spo.....

May 20, 2013  11:49 AM ET

Behold, the Human Bostrich!!!

May 20, 2013  03:02 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Behold, the Human Bostrich!!!

The Human T-Rex is more like it!

May 20, 2013  06:24 PM ET

He may not be the most important but he is number two. Bosh gives them length. Bosh coming back from injury last year was almost as important as James finally seeing the light. Bosh will take one of the Pacer's big men to the perimeter and drive him to the basket or pop that jumper in his face. More than Wade's health, Bosh playing well is the second biggest factor in the Heat winning another title.

 
May 24, 2013  11:53 AM ET

That's a scary thought!

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