Originally posted by Leathaface:
Bosh has been a jump shooter since he came to the Heat. A lot of that has to do with the fact that they play such small lineups that he's always being guarded by a guy that's too big for him to shoot over in the post. Like I said earlier, Wade has had great seasons with James alongside of him and they've gone to 3 straight finals...he's just played terribly in these playoffs (for the most part). That's not Lebron's fault. How do you go from a 21.2 ppg at 52% shooting in the regular season to what he did in the first 3 rounds? Did Lebron all of a sudden put a hex on him? You could say that in the playoffs the offense has been flowing more through Lebron but I'd say that is because Wade has generally been playing poorly and without confidence or rhythm. That's also the reason why the best Heat lineup is the one with him on the bench. You could also say this has to do with the way the Spurs are playing the Heat. But again that's not an indictment on James.
I'm not really sure what you're implying in that last sentence (especially with how in the previous paragraph you mentioned their best lineup included James), but I don't think any +/- or advanced metric is going to make me believe they're better with James off the court.
They've been outscored by the Spurs with him on the court in 4 of the 6 games. I don't see how this is an advanced metric, it's the score.
Regarding Wade, no, it's not a hex. It's that simple dribble penetration opportunities that are available in the regular season are not available to the same degree in the playoffs. Miami has the regular season benefit of being an unusual team in that their offense is centered around a single player. Come playoff time, that can be prepared for in a way that you can't do in the regular season. LeBron's teams have almost always been significantly better in the regular season than the postseason, even when accounting for the increased level of competition. Wade's not getting the same quality of looks he got in the regular season.
Bosh played plenty of center in Toronto. It certainly wasn't Andrea Bargnani. His sweet spot was in the high post, facing up on guys that were bigger than him. He could knock down that jumper if they played off of him, and he could drive by them if they played up on him. How often do you see Bosh get a high post touch these days?