Indiana Pacers' Hibbert drives on Miami Heat's Bosh during Game 2 of their NBA Eastern Conference final basketball playoff in Miami

Chris Bosh apologizes to Heat

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Chris Bosh apologized to Heat teammates for his poor play against the Pacers in the Eastern Conference Finals, according to Tom Haberstroh of ESPN.

Bosh’s problems have shown most noticeably on offense – where he’s averaging just 11 points on 41 percent shooting – but I believe those issues are largely due to his defensive problem. Bosh (6-foot-11, 235 pounds) has been asked to bang inside with Roy Hibbert (7-foot-2, 280 pounds), and the Heat’s de facto center just can’t do it.

Via Haberstroh:

“It’s hard, it’s difficult,” Bosh said. “Everything you’re going to do in the postseason is difficult. And you’re going to be put in situations you don’t want to be in and you’re going to have to do things that you don’t want to do. It’s part of it, so you might as well get used to it, being miserable and really loving it.”

That quote wasn’t necessarily about Hibbert, but Bosh hasn’t hidden how difficult that challenge has been for him. By the time he exerts all his energy futilely trying to keep Hibbert from getting deep position in the post, Bosh has little left to give on offense.

Miami’s backup center, Chris Andersen, hasn’t fared any better guarding Hibbert. If Bosh can embrace the unpleasantness of this matchup, maybe he can contribute more in Game 7.

But really, the Heat management also ought to apologize to him for not having a viable Hibbert defender whom they trust to play.

Report: Pistons monitoring Markieff Morris situation

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Markieff Morris made a lot of noise this summer about being unhappy in Phoenix and wanting out, after the Suns traded his twin brother Marcus to the Pistons as part of a salary dump. He openly demanded a trade, and said on the record several times that his long-term future is not with the team. He’s changed his tune since training camp started, once he realized he has no choice but to play for the Suns unless they decide to trade him. But according to the Detroit Free Press‘ Vincent Ellis, there is interest from the one team he would be guaranteed to want to play for:

Markieff’s unhappiness with the Suns started when they traded his brother, so he would obviously jump at the chance to reunite with Marcus. And they don’t have much in the way of power forward depth beyond the other Morris twin and Ersan Ilyasova, so it would be a good fit from a basketball standpoint. But with the brothers’ felony assault charges pending, reuniting them on the same roster might not be the best idea, and it also opens up the possibility of having to trade one of them in the future and the other one being unhappy. So far, the Suns have shown no inclination to trade Markieff, but if that changes, the Pistons are an interesting destination to keep an eye on.

Popovich to Aldridge: “Welcome to the Spurs. Go sit” out practice.

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Gregg Popovich’s habit of resting key players at times has become the norm around the league as more and more studies have shown it helps players perform at higher levels plus helps reduce injury risk. Still, Popovich is the poster child.

New Spur LaMarcus Aldridge wasn’t used to this but got introduced to it in a very Popovich way, reports Jeff McDonald at the Express-News.

LaMarcus Aldridge missed his first workout of training camp today with leg tightness. Or rather, the Spurs — being the Spurs — held him out for precautionary reasons.

“We sat him out,” coach Gregg Popovich said. “He didn’t want to do it. I said, ‘Welcome to the Spurs. Go sit.’”

He might as well have added “get used to this.” Aldridge is going to get some rest this season. Not as many as Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, and Tony Parker, but he’s going to get some nights off.

Remember, Aldridge is a guy who played through a torn ligament in his thumb last season because he thought the Blazers could make noise in the playoffs (and they might have had Wesley Matthews not gotten hurt). He’s not a guy used to being told to sit and rest.

It’s his “Welcome to the Spurs” moment.