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Boozer: Heat have 'two great players'

Posted on: May 13, 2011 3:18 pm
Edited on: May 13, 2011 4:54 pm

Posted by Matt Moore


So that's Carlos Boozer, saying what a lot of people think: the Heat have two great players, not three. He specifically calls out LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, obviously, leaving out Chris Bosh. So that's some nice subtle trash talk, even if it was unintentional.  And as far as it being unintentional? That's unlikely, given the amount of attention all three receive. 

Most people will agree with Boozer, after what we saw in the regular season. But it should be noted that Boozer's catching Bosh coming after a strong performance in both the first and second rounds. Kevin Garnett dominated him in one game, but Bosh got the better of Garnett in the others, and even had a few key strong plays at the rim, including a block and a dunk. It's almost like Bosh is playing like a power forward again.

The matchup between Boozer and Bosh is going to be pivotal in the Eastern Conference Finals. Both players have had their effectiveness questioned. Boozer had a strong Game 6 for Chicago vs. Atlanta, but other than that, has been a no-show in the playoffs, and his defensive liabilities have been spotlighted even more strongly. The Bulls' collective team defense is exceptionally strong, but teams have found if you put Boozer on an island, you can go around, over, and through Boozer pretty easily. Fortunately for the Bulls, they'll have Noah guarding Bosh and limit Boozer's liability by having him guard Joel Anthony. The same weakness was thought of Bosh entering the playoffs, but his part in stepping up for the Heat has been substantial in their ability to hit the next level.

This is the matchup that will probably decide the series. Boozer has already made a statement, obvious or not, of what he thinks of the player he'll be going against.  Now we just need Bosh to say the Bulls only have one great player, and we're set. 

This is going to be fun.

(Via the Miami Herald on Twitter.) 

Since: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: May 15, 2011 12:55 pm

Boozer: Heat have 'two great players'

When your option 3 of 3 you should put up numbers.  It doesn't mean he was solid.  The Heat have only 3 players.  Their bench and starters 4 and 5 are virtually nonexistent.  Sure, once in a blue moon someone like James Jones will chip in but those 3 guys account for the highest percentage of scoring from any team in the league by a wide margin.  I'd be willing to bet that most of Bosh's points come when he is option 2 (meaning Wade or James is on the bench).  Bosh might look OK on paper but you'd be one of the few to say he was solid all year.  He had a number of games where he totally disappeared and they were nationally televised.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: May 14, 2011 3:02 pm

Boozer: Heat have 'two great players'

I've watched quite a few Bulls games this year, and I think Deng is pretty underrated. He may not be a "superstar", but the trio of Deng, Rose, Boozer is right there with LeBron, Wade, Bosh. Probably closer than most may think.

Since: Mar 12, 2008
Posted on: May 14, 2011 12:47 pm

Boozer: Heat have 'two great players'

Wow, your a dumbass and should just keep your moronic thoughts to yourself.  So not only have you not heard of the MVP of the league, you also fell that a 2 time MVP is not a great player?  Do you even watch basketball?  Keep your comments to yourself, your making everyone else dumber

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: May 14, 2011 1:04 am

Boozer: Heat have 'two great players'

Boozer is wrong. The Heat only have one great player. His name is Dwayne Wade. Yes, I spell his name like it's suppose to be spelled. The correct way.

If Bosh says that the Bulls have one great player he too would be wrong. I don't know any Bulls players. It must mean that none are great.

Since: Mar 8, 2011
Posted on: May 14, 2011 12:58 am

Boozer: Heat have 'two great players'

It's always nice to have one overrated, overpaid Invisible Man calling out another overrated, overpaid Invisible Man. If you swapped Boozer and Bosh both teams would still have the same records and lingering questions about their soft so called superstar at the 4.

Since: May 4, 2011
Posted on: May 13, 2011 11:26 pm

Boozer: Heat have 'two great players'

K-ao you hit the nail right on the head, great comment. It's gonna come down to spot up shooting, and Wade and James continuing to attack like they have been. If Rose takes 30 shots a game against the Heat and shoots in the low 40% Chicago is in trouble. I hope Wade and James shoot better from the FT line this series, because every point will be critical.

Since: May 4, 2011
Posted on: May 13, 2011 11:18 pm

Boozer: Heat have 'two great players'

Gage look at the numbers he has been solid all season 19ppg 8rebs seems pretty solid to me. Those are numbers playing with 2 of the top 3 players in the league. Someone had to sacrafice and it's been Bosh. How many teams would love that kind of production from their power forward. You need to lay off the sauce. Go Heat!!

Since: Jan 3, 2011
Posted on: May 13, 2011 9:59 pm

Boozer: Heat have 'two great players'

The only way that Bosh, Boozer, or any of the bigs on either team will impact this series will be on the boards.

If the "great" players do their jobs (drive the lane & hit open teammates behind the 3point line, score buckets and get to the charity stripe) than the battle in the paint won't really matter.

If they (Wade, James and Rose) settle for jumpers and jack up too many threes, than whoever wins on the offensive and defensive glass will be HUGE in deciding who will come out of the East.

Should be a great series... GO HEAT!

Since: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: May 13, 2011 4:38 pm

Boozer: Heat have 'two great players'

Bosh solid all season?  Put down the pipe man.  Better than Boozer?  Probably, but that ain't saying much.

Since: May 4, 2011
Posted on: May 13, 2011 4:34 pm

Boozer: Heat have 'two great players'

I don't think this mathcup will have much of a bearing on this series, Boozer will continue to struggle like he has throughout the playoffs, and Bosh will be solid like he has been all season and throughout the playoffs aside from game 3 vs the Celts. This series will be determined by the superstars and at last count the Heat have 2 the Bulls 1. A huge factor will be 3 point shooting, who will knock down open shots? Bibby, Jones, Chalmers, Miller, House or Korver, Boguns, Brewer, Deng, Watson. Also the Wade Rose mathup, eventually Miami will have to put Wade on him, he's the only one with the size, strength and atleticism to make it difficult for him, thats when James will carry the load offensively. I can't wait it's gonna be classic. Go Heat!! Prediction Heat in 6.  

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