Bosh accustomed to watching James, Wade take center stage

Mon Jun 9, 2014 1:34pm EDT
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By Steve Ginsburg

SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - Chris Bosh is so accustomed to taking a backseat to LeBron James and Dwyane Wade that he sometimes believes the Miami Heat's Big Three should be called the Big 2.5.

And he's all right with it.

"Validating yourself is a constant process," he said. "I really let that go a long time ago. I don't care about those things. I just care about the game.

"I focus on the game and what we're supposed to do with it. We have a chance to compete for another championship. That's all that matters to me right now."

Bosh played a huge role in the Heat's 98-96 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday night to even the best-of-seven NBA Finals at one game apiece.

The 30-year-old, nine-time All-Star nailed a three pointer with 1:18 left to give the Heat a 95-93 lead and then sealed the deal with a pass to Wade normally seen by point guards.

As usual, most of the post-game plaudits went to James, who delivered the pass to Bosh, and to Wade, whose basket put Miami up 98-93 and had Spurs fans scrambling for the exits.

But Bosh's role in the Heat's success is not lost on coach Erik Spoelstra.   Continued...

Jun 8, 2014; San Antonio, TX, USA; Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh answers questions during a press conference after the game against the San Antonio Spurs in game two of the 2014 NBA Finals at AT&T Center.  Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports