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.)
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