“They're just the next team in our way,” said head coach Frank Vogel, referring to Miami after Indiana's Game 6 victory against the New York Knicks.
LeBron James didn't take those words so kindly the next day. He fired back at the third year coach the following morning, “I don't understand what he's saying. But we're not just another team. That's not true,” James retorted.
Well LeBron, you're right. Miami is not just another team. They have a center who ranked 17th among centers in rebounds per game, pulling down a paltry 6.8 boards. In fact, Chris Bosh, the third wheel in South Beach, averaged just 9.8 rebounds per 48 minutes this season. That was good for second worst in the NBA, ahead of only Boris Diaw.
Roy Hibbert on the other hand, has been a beast on the glass. He averaged over 10 rebounds per game in the Eastern Conference Semifinals against New York, a series in which he squared off with Tyson Chandler. There's no denying that Chandler is a much tougher task to box out than Chris Bosh.
Sure, Bosh will have his opportunities on the offensive end, but basketball is a sport with three primary dimensions: offense, defense, and rebounding. Hibbert takes two of the three in this contest, and it could prove to be the difference in the paint.
Tune into SnapCall Sports tonight during Game 1 to see how well the former Raptor can hold up.