Is Chris Bosh justified in complaining about role?

Miami Heat Forward Chris Bosh (1) during 1st half action against The New York Knicks at the American Airlines Arena, in Miami Florida, December 28,2010. The Miami Heat beat the New York Knicks 106-98.. UPI/Susan Knowles…

After the Heat’s loss to the Blazers on Tuesday, Chris Bosh grumbled about the types of shots he’s getting. (ESPN)

“I just have to get it where I’m effective. I’m a big man. I can shoot the ball but I’m a big man. So I have to get it where big guys get it. Then I feel I can start helping out this team more.”

“I’ve got to get back in my comfort zone, I haven’t been in my comfort zone,” Bosh said. “A lot of things are new for me. I just have to be more aggressive in demanding my [the ball] comfort zone, you know I’ll take the fault for that… I’m effective down in the low post area, so that is where I need to start getting the ball. I need to be assertive in demanding it.”

“I’m saying what I need to do as a player, a closed mouth doesn’t get fed,” Bosh said. “I’m uncomfortable now so you might as well do something else. If there’s a disagreement or something, that’s fine, we can talk about it. If they don’t want that, that’s OK, but I just feel that I have to be my normal self. I’m not there right now. I haven’t been there many times this season.”

All right, so he’s a big guy and he wants the ball on the post. That’s all well and good, but he said this back in October…

“I never really like to bump against people that are a lot, lot bigger than me,” Bosh said in October. “I’m not the biggest guy in the world. Coach is going to put him in that position sometimes. He’s not going to hang me out to dry. He’s going to put me in there when we have an advantage.”

That sure doesn’t sound like a guy who wants to be fed the ball on the block. I always thought that he was more effective at the mid-post or the elbow, where he could hit the little jumper or go by the defender.

Looking at his Hoopdata stats, he has hit 40% of his shots from 3-9 feet from the rim, 46% from 10-15 feet and 44% from 16-23 feet. So at least this season, he has been better from distance than he has been from short range.

Last year, he shot 50%, 44% and 43%, respectively, so his short range numbers are down about 10% this season. His attempts aren’t down that much, either. He had 3.3 attempts from 3-9 feet last season as compared to 2.3 attempts this year. One fewer attempt per game shouldn’t result in a 10% drop in accuracy.

These numbers don’t take into account the types of shots these are — catch and shoot jumpers, back-to-the-basket post moves, etc. — but Bosh has never been known as a great post player.

Here’s a look at his shot chart from the Portland game:

Last night, Bosh went 1-for-8 from shots in and around the lane, so it’s a little odd that he’s complaining about the types of looks he’s getting. Most of those shots were open, but he just couldn’t convert.

The bottom line is that he was severely outplayed by LaMarcus Aldridge. If he would have made five or six shots (making a few of the bunnies that he missed), the Heat would have been in a position to win the game in the waning seconds. Everything else is just noise.

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