Chris Bosh has been out of action since the All-Star break with another blood clot scare. Although there were only in his calf this time, blood clots are still very dangerous and Bosh’s season and even career were at risk. Recently, however, he has reached the clear and is clot-free. He is still taking it slow and has only begun to workout and has not returned to practice yet. Erik Spoelstra said he was in “a great place”, which bodes well for the organization.
The Heat have gone through a “metamorphosis” of sorts that he seen the addition of Joe Johnson, the emergence of Josh Richardson, and the re-emergence of Hassan Whiteside and Goran Dragic. This change is due to a faster pace on offense that has resulted in the Heat scoring over 100 points on a regular basis. Dwyane Wade has adapted well to the change and has even been able to co-exist with Dragic on the court, which is huge.
So with all of these things happening, what does Bosh’s return mean? First off, it gives the Heat another scoring option. Assuming that Bosh will step into Stoudemire’s spot at center, the Heat will boast a lineup that can kill opponents from the perimeter much like the Warriors do. His ability to score from spotting up or off the dribble will take opposing big men out of the lane and opening up driving opportunities for other players. It will look a lot like the Heat’s offense back during their championship runs a few years ago, with the exception of no LeBron. They will have the attacking point guard that they did not have then and two scoring wings plus a defensive-minded forward in Deng.
Perhaps the most underrated attribute that Bosh brings is on the defensive end. He is one of the best big guys at defending the pick & roll and is a great 1-on-1 defender with his length and quickness. If he does return for the playoffs, Miami will be a really tough team to beat and might be the team equipped to take down the Cavs if they stay healthy.