Will: Bosh proves value without playing

Heat lose two in a row without all-star forward

By Will Manso - Sports Director
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He's supposed to be the weak link of the Heat's Big 3.  Chris Bosh has been called soft, inconsistent and not aggressive enough by his critics. 

Yet, in Sunday's loss to the Lakers, his absence proved again how valuable he truly is to Miami.  Heat coach Erik Spoesltra calls him the most important piece in the Heat's success.  While that may be an overstatement on the coaches part, his assessment isn't that far off.

The Heat had no inside presence against Los Angeles.  Andrew Bynum took advantage and Miami had no answer.  Did you see all the action Juwan Howard and Dexter Pittman got in key moments?  That's not the formula for the Heat to win.

Bosh may not be a force to the level of LeBron James and Dwayne Wade, but he quietly goes about his business providing offense, rebounding and defense.

That's right, that so-called "soft" Bosh is actually one of the more aggressive players Miami has on the roster. 

He gets the key rebounds, is able to knock down the big shots when James and/or Wade are double-teamed and he's not afraid to push bodies around.  For those who didn't believe that, Sunday was just another reminder of it.

Yes, LeBron is having an MVP season, and yes, Wade has the championship experience, but without Bosh, Miami is not the same team.

You don't believe me?  Just watch the last two games.  Both losses.

The good news is Bosh will be back Tuesday night when Miami hosts New Jersey.  He missed three games to attend to family matters after the death of his grandmother.  The Heat is hoping he was able to deal with the tragedy and is now ready to come back strong.

They sorely missed him,  Losing two games is never a good thing, but if anything, it proves to all Miami fans and all of his critics how vital Bosh is to the Heat's success.

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