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Miami Heat’s Chris Bosh targeted for more touches
Chris Bosh is shooting the highest percentage of any player on the Heat and the team wants to get the ball to him more often late in games.
Most nights, it’s not a problem. After all, Chris Bosh might be the team’s most reliable offensive option, but he’s on a team with Dwyane Wade and LeBron James, two of the best scorers in the NBA.
But then there are times like Sunday and the Heat’s 100-98 loss to the Celtics.
In a game that Heat coach Erik Spoelstra called one of his team’s most inefficient of the season, Bosh attempted just three shots in the second half and overtime periods.
It was as if James, Wade and Ray Allen completely forgot that Bosh, whose 54.3 percent field-goal shooting leads the Heat, was on the floor.
“He’s one of our best players, one of our best shooters. …Three shots is definitely not enough for him,” James said. “We’ve got to do a better job of just trying to find him.”
Bosh’s statistics against the Celtics are just a small sample size of a larger trend. The Heat’s power forward, an eight-time All-Star selection, doesn’t get enough looks. Of course, this isn’t a new problem.
Bosh has sacrificed shots for James and Wade since 2010.
BY JOSEPH GOODMAN