|NBA.com Expert Pick|
Here is Bosh's split statistics..
2011 Playoffs PRA 28.7 (18.6/8.9/1.1)
Series vs the Bulls PRA 30.8 (22.0/7.6/1.2)
Season Home PRA 29.5 (19.2/8.6/1.7)
Season Away PRA 28.3 (18.2/8.1/2.0)
Season vs the Mavs PRA 29.5 (20.5/8.0/1.0)
Season Away @ Dallas PRA 32.0 (22.0/8.0/2.0)
Season Home vs Dallas PRA 27.0 (19.0/8.0/0.0)
The reason I showed these is that Bosh's production doesn't seem to follow a trend nor pattern. In the regular season, he is only slightly better at home than away, but against the Mavs he was better away. Note though that they played the Mavs only twice so we can't really depend on that statistic.
One statistic I would like to highlight is his series with the Bulls. Of the 15 games he played so far in these playoffs, he only had two breakthrough games with 30+ points and both were against the Bulls. Aside from those, he was average in most games, and was below average in about 3 games (2 against the Celtics). That is why it may be too late to pick him as his best series may already be behind him.
For those who are following what the NBA.com Expert picked, he has elected to go with Chris Bosh this game. I am not sure why, but maybe because Bosh is his best available player. He already exhausted picks to James, Wade and Nowitzki in previous rounds.
The Mavs used a lot of zone defense during the regular season for which James and Wade shot poorly against. Bosh though was the one who kept on defeating that zone which explains his high PRA against the Mavs. While this does not tell you when to pick him, this does tell you that you are safe to pick Bosh without the need to second guess if he will produce or not. Surely, he will produce here in this series.
Here is a wonderful article from CNNSI discussing what happens when the Heat has the ball. It gives a lot of kudos to Bosh and how he will thrive in this series.
For those who are deliberating when to pick James and Dirk, you can add the factor of history in their only Finals appearance.
- James got swept by the Spurs in 2007, so he'll want to get 1 game win ASAP. So Game 1.
- Dirk in 2006 never won in Miami, so he will be wanting to get 1 road game. So Game 1.
My pick for this game...
|Week 7, May 31:|
Dwyane Wade is nursing a shoulder injury that he and his coach say is not bothering him. A friend who follows the Heat religiously told me that Wade had his shoulder corrected during the rest between the series. I am guessing he went to a physio and had some nerves pinched. Shrugs, I am not sure. What I know is that his shoulder will not get a better rest during this series than what was given to it these past few days. So that shoulder, in theory, will perform better early and will degrade as the series drags along.
If you are still not sure who to pick, go with the player with the best PRA. Good luck with your pick!