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Can Heat Win a Title Without Chris Bosh?

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On the heels of a resounding if chippy win over the Indiana Pacers, things are looking up for the Miami Heat. But, just as it would have been foolish to overreact to their Game 3 loss, it would be equally dumb to declare all problems fixed after their 115-83 Game 5 shellacking of Indiana.

LeBron James and Dwyane Wade are a formidable team unto themselves, but it's not enough to compete with either the Oklahoma City Thunder or San Antonio Spurs. Udonis Haslem has provided a decent, recent Chris Bosh facsimile, but he can hardly be depended on to continue hitting the mid-range shots he struggled with all season.

But the problem is less about what Bosh's backup provides and more about how there is no backup to that backup. Beyond Haslem, the Heat have no frontcourt floor spacers, with the exception of LeBron when he wants to play the four. That might cut it in the Eastern Conference finals, but so hinders a Heat offense that cannot compete with one of the Western offensive juggernauts.



Source : bleacherreport - Ethan Sherwood Strauss
5.23.2012 09:29
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Western Conference
Ord Team P W L PF:PA
1 Gol. Warriors 24 20 4 2834-2542
2 San. Spurs 24 19 5 2482-2347
3 Hou. Rockets 24 17 7 2679-2537
4 L.A. Clippers 24 17 7 2621-2401
5 Mem. Grizzlies 25 17 8 2452-2439
Eastern Conference
Ord Team P W L PF:PA
1 Cle. Cavaliers 22 17 5 2452-2279
2 Tor. Raptors 23 16 7 2553-2360
3 Cha. Hornets 24 14 10 2513-2443
4 Det. Pistons 25 13 12 2497-2401
5 Bos. Celtics 23 13 10 2409-2372