Chris Bosh Is the Miami Heat X-Factor

June 9th, 2012 by Rob Mahoney Leave a reply »
NBA analysts of all kinds peddle the notion of the "x-factor" -- the rare player who has the valuable ability to change the dynamic of a game with his play. Such players often inhabit a special place for their teams, in which their capacity to produce isn't merely considered to be part of a greater bulk, but the final addition to put their team's efforts over the top. 

Most of the time, proclaimed x-factors are merely streaky contributors. But in this year's Eastern Conference Finals, we were privy to one of the clearest demonstrations of a true x-factor possible with the absence and return of Chris Bosh. 

Rarely is the term so crystallized; in the final five games of the Miami Heat's battle against the Boston Celtics, the value of Bosh's range and defense -- and the festering inconvenience of the abscess vacated due to his injury -- was made absurdly clear. With Bosh on the court in this series, Dwyane Wade had a suitable kick-out option to counter Boston's traps, LeBron James was given room to drive deep into the paint without having two Celtic big men bar his entry, and Erik Spoelstra was privileged to keep Ronny Turiaf and Joel Anthony's minutes ...

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