In Game 1, Chris Bosh was 0-for-3 from three-point range (including a key miss late) but 5-of-8 from the midrange.
Lesson learned. In Game 2 Bosh didn’t take a three and was 3-of-6 from the midrange — he had a far more effective and efficient game.
In Game 3 Tuesday night, don’t expect to see Bosh beyond the arc on the offensive end.
“With this (Spurs) team, it seems like that’s what they want me to do so I’m not going to do it,” Bosh said after the morning shootaround Tuesday. “They want me to shoot threes. I could tell by looking at the film. So I really just changed it up”
What did he see on the film?
“Because nobody was closing out to me, and I’m like, ‘OK, if nobody’s closing out on me, that means they want me to shoot it.’ So I just wanted to get in an area where I could be more aggressive and kind of really work against that game plan they have,” Bosh said.
It’s a good rule of thumb that if you’re on the other team and Gregg Popovich’s guys are giving you the shot, it’s a bad shot.
The Heat showed a lot more discipline on offense in Game 2, not just during the run but all game long (they shot 51.2 percent in the first half). Do that again this game and it is much harder on the Spurs to keep up.
Stephen Curry has reached the transcendent point in his career. We’re now talking about if he has passed LeBron James as the best player on the planet (he has), and we’re starting to think about his legacy as the perfect point guard for a modern NBA small-ball, space-and-pace offense. Plus he’s just a joy to watch play.
“I don’t know – it’s a chicken and egg kind of conversation,” Curry said while laughing.
“We both have a creative style, a feel when you are out on the pitch or the court. I’m trying to do some fancy things out there with both hands, making crossover moves and having a certain flair to my game and that’s definitely the style Messi has when he is out there in his matches.”
I love Curry, but Messi is the bigger international star.
But I love the comparison in terms of the must-watch nature of the two stars, the flair in their games, the sense that you have to keep an eye on them at all times because the spectacular could happen any time they touch the ball. When the ball comes to them, everybody leads forward in their chairs. That is the sign of a real superstar.
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