During the regular season, Chris Bosh's rebounding numbers dipped dramatically after the All-Star break. In the final 27 games of the regular season, he averaged 5.7 rebounds and recorded just one double-digit rebounding game (10 boards against Orlando on March 6).
In the current playoff series against the Bulls, Bosh had six rebounds in Game 1 and five rebounds in Game 2. So, it begs the question: What happened in Game 3 for Bosh to pull down 19 rebounds, a career postseason high?
Bosh said on Monday after shootaround that much of his effort in the post during the regular season was focused on boxing out opponents, which allowed his teammates to grab rebounds. In Game 3 against the Bulls, Bosh's strategy shifted. With everyone crashing the boards, securing rebounds became his primary objective.
“Boxing out, there’s a bunch of different techniques you can use and everything," Bosh said. "I’ve really been searching this season to find what works best for me and a lot of times I’m in situations where people only pay attention to numbers. I never really got caught up in that.
"I just wanted to do whatever it took to help this team win. I think now, with a little more urgency being felt, I feel more of a responsibility to do a better job of actually securing the rebound, because everyone is boxing out. Especially against this team where everybody is crashing the boards, so everybody has got to put a body on somebody and as long as we come up with the rebound, that’s what’s most important.
Bosh's is taking the same approach for tonight's Game 4, so expect another upswing in his rebounding numbers.
“He played a very good basketball game in Game 2, so he knows he has to do certain things for us to be successful and we’re looking forward to seeing that consistency," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said.
BULLS INJURY UPDATE
Loul Deng has lost about 15 pounds due to complications related to his spinal tap and Kirk Hinrich is still having trouble with his calf. As a result, both players are likely out for tonight's Game 4. Deng and Hinrich have missed every game of the series.