Originally written on Extra Pine Tar  |  Last updated 5/14/12
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It was pretty clear from Game 1 that this series is not going to be as easy as many predicted for the Heat. And while Bosh may not have been the best post presence, he is still talented down low on the offensive end and is far and away the most athletic “big man” the Heat have.

Joel Anthony and Ronny Turiaf won’t have another five minute stretch like the second half they had last game so the Heat could be trouble. You know what Lebron and D-Wade are going to bring on a nightly basis – and right now it seems like Lebron might be able to beat any team 1 on 5, but the supporting cast has been the question all along for Miami.

As much heat as Bosh takes for being the Ru-Paul of big men, he is the perfect PF to play with Wade and Lebron. He is a born follower and has an ego the size of his head (awkwardly small). But he was willing to go to work when the Heat needed him as evidenced by his first half last night. Miami was going to rely heavily on Bosh to counteract David West, Roy Hibbert and Tyler Hansborough. All of whom are tough, phsyical players that aren’t afraid to bang down low. Don’t let Bosh’s feminine demeanor fool you – he can bang a little bit. (For which team is debatable)

Now the Heat are left with the Anthony and Turiaf to fend off Indy’s post attack. Do they activate Eddy Curry? Can Dexter Pittman make it up and down the court more than twice? Does Lebron slide down on defense and play what should be his natural position at the 4?

The Heat are going to have to make some major changes because there is absolutely no way that Hibbert, West and Psycho-T  are going to get beat that badly on the boards again. Even though the difference was only +7 in favor of Miami in total rebounds, the 15 offensive rebounds that the Heat pulled down ended up being the difference in the game. You just can’t give a team like Miami that many second chances.

With the news that Bosh is out indefinitely, the Heat’s one glaring weakness is even more apparent – they have no depth. The Pacers played one of their worst games of the playoffs and kept it close for the whole game. Miami got 29 and 32 respectively from their two big stars. The next highest scorer was Bosh with 13 – nobody else even cracked 10.

There is no 3rd option for the Miami right now. Mike Miller can’t do it on a night-in, night-out basis – that’s never been his game. He could absolutely win one for you by going 7-9 from downtown, but what about the series? Where else can the scoring come from? Joel Anthony? He’s the real Ru-Paul of big men and Roy Hibbert is going to absolutely dominate him from here on out. Haslem and Turiaf can’t score and their size makes them a liability defending even West. Mario Chalmers and Shane Battier can’t be counted on for consistent production. Seriously, where is it going to come from?

The Heat are in trouble, and it’s all because of this oddly effeminate cowboy, Chris Bosh. The Heat have the thoroughbreds, but they don’t have that steady, supporting presence that their horses can rely on.

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