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Bosh conundrum?

Just for starters, let's get this out of the way. It's not a problem that Chris Bosh is playing a little out of sorts. It clearly hasn't affected this team negatively except for the first half against the Celtics. But through five games, we might as well try to figure out why he's only shooting 43 percent, scoring 13 points and grabbing six rebounds a game.

As far as personnel goes, there's a chance that playing with Joel Anthony next to him in the starting lineup is hurting him. Bosh played with guys like Bargnani in Toronto or even Rasho Nesterovic, centers that can hit mid-range to outside jumpers, freeing up the lane for him. Playing with Joel Anthony, whenever he gets the ball in the mid-post, he's looking at a center waiting to help on him the first step he takes. There was a play against the Wolves where Bosh drove and found Joel for a dunk, but more often than not he's just finding traffic when he drives while playing alongside Joel, and it's not something that would encourage him to drive more.

Maybe that has something to do with it, but Chris still looks hesitant at times. He passes up way too many open jumpers for a guy with such a sweet stroke. Other times he'll pump fake for no real reason, then take the shot a second later when he's not in the same rhythm. There was one particular play against the Wolves where he pump faked on a wide open J, Kevin Love never bit on the move, but Chris drove into the lane anyway and got nothing out of it. It could be him being too unselfish, or him just really wanting to get in the lane for more layups, but it's not resulting, right now, in great looks for him or even in many free throws. For his career he averages 7.4 free throw attempts per game, and right now he's getting less than five a game.

Chances are he'll figure it out eventually, but the guess here is he needs to just be more instinctual, play the way he always has and let the result be what it is. That's what Dwyane has been doing and it has worked out for him. Even if his scoring stays in the 13 ppg range, it should at least come at a 55 percent shooting clip. But then again, if he's shooting 55 percent, chances are he'll score a lot more than 13 a game. Chris just doesn't want to force it, and it's understandable. Why force it now? He'd only look selfish if he did. But it would be nice for him to get the same kind of recognition LeBron and Dwyane are getting.

On a side note, if you haven't seen it, Kevin Garnett apparently called Charlie Villanueva a "cancer patient" during last night's Boston-Detroit game. He just seems to become more of a jerk the older he gets. Heat fans should have fun with KG when he comes to town next Thursday.

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