Chris Bosh shot 2-for-8 on uncontested field-goal attempts
After a feverish rush wanting to get to the postseason, Chris Bosh’s Game 1 was forgettable, with the exception of a pair of three-pointers and a late block on Kemba Walker. He was 4-for-13 overall, was not looking for his shot, and didn’t take as much advantage of Al Jefferson’s injury as he should have.
Expect the Heat to take note of that injury to Jefferson in future games this series. Bosh’s advantage of already being faster than Jefferson has grown exponentially, with Al being limited by a foot injury he suffered in the first quarter of Miami’s 99-88 win.
Bosh will likely be more aggressive in Game 2, but should also have the benefit of not shooting 25 percent on uncontested shots.
Dwyane Wade shot 6-for-8 on contested field-goal attempts
While Bosh struggled with his shot, Dwyane Wade was automatic with his. After sporadically missing 28 games this season, Wade had the look of a player capable of leading his team to a championship, as the team’s number two guy of course.
He limited Gerald Henderson to six points on nine shots, while shooting 4-for-9 on jumpers beyond ten feet himself. He even hit a rare stepback three-pointer to exacerbate Charlotte’s deficit to 15 points midway through the fourth. He was everything you wanted him to be, if you were a Heat fan/coach/teammate, finishing with 23 points on 16 shots.
With Jefferson being injured, and losing whatever agility he had, Wade, and the rest of the Heat, should be able to feast on Charlotte’s weakened interior.
As for Charlotte, when it came to their percentage on contested shots, Kemba Walker struggled on 1-for-6 shooting, but did get 5-for-11 shooting from Gary Neal, and 3-for-4 shooting from Josh McRoberts.
Al Jefferson allowed 67% shooting at the rim
Although the Heat were outscored 38-34 in the paint by Charlotte, they found a great deal of success when they were able to penetrate the Bobcats’ top ten defense.
The Heat shot 6-for-9 at the rim when Jefferson was on the floor, but he was hardly any worse than his teammates. Josh McRoberts held the Heat to 60% shooting, but Bismack Biyombo allowed the Heat to make both of their field-goal attempts at the rim.
Charlotte’s defense caused initial frustration for the Heat, with Miami scoring only 19 points in the entire first quarter, but it tapered off once the Bobcats had to go their bench. Watching Chris Douglas-Roberts attempt to guard LeBron James was cringe-worthy bad at some points, and Wade abusing Gary Neal and Gerald Henderson in the post was child’s play.
Miami ended up with a significant advantage in the free throw attempts department because of Charlotte’s interior defense, and their incapability of providing the defense with a fortified second line.