April 2, 2013
Shorthanded Miami Heat defeats the San Antonio Spurs
Even without Wade and James the Heat defeated the Spurs
By Stephen Lars
I might have to confess that for a while now, when I think about the Miami Heat and the Big Three, I tend to forget about Chris Bosh. After all, despite his talent, he is certainly over and over again overshadowed by both LeBron James and Dwayne Wade. At 58-15 for the season, the Miami Heat are proving that they are not only the best team coming off the Eastern Conference, nor are they proving only that they are worthy of their title and that they’ll do all they can do defend it one more time. It seems to me that they really want to prove once and for all, including their 27-straigh win effort, that they are for real. And that is certainly quite a thing to say considering that taking a win against the San Antonio Spurs, which by the way are 55-18 for the season, at San Antonio and without James or Wade is not an easy feat.
When I think about the Miami Heat and the Big Three..
And that’s where Chris Bosh comes under the spotlight. With the other two thirds of the Big Three out on the bench, it would be up to Bosh to guide the team against the Miami Heat who came out with all of their big guns. That is, all of their big guns except the Argentinean Manu Ginobili who is out with a strained right hamstring. Chris Bosh would guide the Heat’s efforts with 23 points and 9 rebounds, including the winning three-pointer that gave the Heat a 88-86 win with 1.9 seconds left in the fourth quarter. It was a brilliant performance from Bosh who proved that even without James or Wade, this team can still beat the league’s best on the road.
Now, let’s not forget that the Spurs were fined by the NBA and heavily criticized when earlier this year the Spurs opted to sit down Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker and Danny Green. Still, with all of the stars resting, the Spurs backup gave quite a fight and the Heat barely defeated the Spurs 105-100 on late November. This time around, all but Ginobili were on the starting squad. They got a lackluster performance from they starting guys. As a matter of fact, San Antonio Duncan had 17 points and 12 rebounds from Duncan while Kawhi Leonard added 17 points and 11 rebounds. The Spurs were going into this game with a a seven-game home winning streak but they just couldn’t hold it. Green and Parker added 12 points apiece and Stephen Jackson had 11.
Bosh felt good under the spotlight. He assured that his team played quite well as a group and that they have the motivation to go on and win their second straight title. "We are the defending champs no matter who we put out there," Bosh said in the postgame press conference. "We are still the Miami Heat. We believe in ourselves. Each one of these guys is a professional. We played bigger roles in other cities but we came together and accepted lesser roles to win a championship here. We can still tap into that." It seems to us that there is no doubt that this is the team to beat this season.
Stephen Lars is a prominent sports blogger and currently covers the Sports news, previews and handicaps for the BetIAS Sportsbook. You may reprint this article in its full content, please note no modifications to it are accepted.