MIAMI -- If this were a video game, then perhaps things would be easier for Miami Heat center Chris Bosh.
He realizes there are those clamoring for him to score 20 points and grab 10 rebounds on a daily basis. Unfortunately, those hopes are unrealistic in the Heat's system.
Once again, Bosh is at the center of attention for the wrong reasons. His scoring and rebounding numbers are under fire after three games against the Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference finals.
"I know everybody is used to playing video games where everybody gets 30 (points) and then you still win the game," Bosh said. "That's unrealistic. Especially now, it's all about getting a win. That's what it's all about. That's all I ever cared about. If I score 20 and we take an 'L,' is that better? I want to win the game."
Bosh is averaging just nine points and four rebounds on 36 percent shooting in the series. He's yet to produce a double-figure scoring game and played just 23 minutes Saturday because of foul trouble. The Heat are only up 2-1 in the best-of-7 series because guard Dwyane Wade and role players such as Norris Cole and Ray Allen have upped their play.
"There was no opportunity really and the opportunities that I did get, they were just misses," Bosh said. "That happens sometimes. That's to be expected when you don't play as many minutes as you're normally used to. I'm looking forward to Game 4, to getting into a rhythm, helping the team out and really getting off to a good start and hopefully getting another one."
The frustrations reached a boil when Bosh was called for a technical foul in Game 3 for arguing with officials.
Now, he just wants to move on.
"There were some things I disagreed with and it was more than two," Bosh said. "I let that be known and I had to just get it out. I got it out and after that, I was fine. I can move on."
When Bosh struggles, the remedy is usually getting him early touches. The Heat just won't force the issue.
"It's a fine line," Wade said. "We want to get that guy going. We want to get him going for his confidence because we need him but also you don't want to force-feed it too much. We'll figure it out. We always have."
Forward LeBron James said there is no reason to address the issue. It's been that common the last four years, with Bosh always breaking free at the perfect time.
"He hears it from you guys (the media) enough," James said. "I don't need to be in his ear for him to know what to do."
Center Chris Andersen is dealing with various nagging injuries, including a bruised thigh. None of the ailments are expected to limit his playing time Monday.
"He's the human bruise right now," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "He got hit by Dwyane toward the end. It's some various things going on right now. He's tough. He's been dealing with minor stuff it seems like for the last three months.
RIDING THE HOT PLAYER
Spoelstra said who plays point guard in the fourth quarter the remainder of the series will be determined by flow of the game.
Backup Norris Cole has been on the court more than starter Mario Chalmers late because of his defense on Pacers guard Lance Stephenson.
"His minutes have been productive," Spoelstra said. "He was productive on the scoreboard. It's been solid. It might be different the next game."
Spoelstra said he will treat it on a game-by-game basis.
"How the game is going," he said. "Obviously, we don't predetermine going in. We've had two different fourth-quarter lineups the last two games. Whatever it takes."
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