Bosh return will change Heat at both ends

March, 6, 2012
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By ESPN Stats & Information
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After missing three games following the death of his grandmother, Chris Bosh will be back in the Miami Heat lineup Tuesday night against New Jersey, and his impact should be felt at both ends of the court.

The Heat lost two of three games without Bosh, winning in Portland before falling on the road against the Jazz and Lakers.

Miami's offense dipped only slightly without Bosh, scoring 107.4 points per 100 possessions in the three games, compared to 107.9 during the rest of the season.

But Bosh's return should make the Miami offense work differently, both inside and outside the 3-point arc.

Per 48 minutes this season, the Heat have scored 6.2 more points in the paint per game with Bosh on the floor. Their shooters also play better with him, making 3s at a rate 5.1 percentage points higher when he's on the court.

Miami relies heavily on Bosh in the post and in the pick-and-roll. Bosh leads the Heat this season with 144 points from plays in the post. Aside from LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, no other Miami player has more than 11 points on post-up plays this season.

Bosh has been one of the most efficient roll men in the league this season, shooting 61.5 percent from the field and scoring more than half of the Heat's points on such plays.

Without Bosh in the lineup the past three games, the Heat got only eight points from roll men in pick-and-roll plays.

For all the ways he affects the Heat offense, Bosh's biggest impact may be on the defensive end. Miami allowed 105.9 points per 100 possession in the three games he missed, nine points more than the 96.9 the team allowed before his absence.

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