Chances are, Granger won’t be taking just 10 shots again on Tuesday.
“I expect guys to always be aggressive against me,” James said. “We’ll see. I’m always ready for a guy to be aggressive, no matter who I’m going up against. So I won’t be surprised by it, if he is.”
Meanwhile, talk of fouls _ an issue in this series before it even started, after Vogel said the Heat were the league’s biggest bunch of floppers _ continued Monday. And Vogel wasn’t happy about the 31 fouls charged to his team in Game 1 either, but he pointed the blame squarely at those who picked up those calls and not those who made them.
“We understand loud and clear that the officiating didn’t beat us in Game 1,” Vogel said. “The Miami Heat beat us in Game 1. We understand that. Part of winning on the road in the playoffs is overcoming that.”
For the Heat, part of winning anywhere for at least the immediate future will be overcoming not having Bosh, someone who James _ the reigning NBA MVP _ routinely refers to as Miami’s most important player.
“It’s not the worst thing that could have happened,” Bosh said. “So that was good news. We started treatments and everything, it’s a process and we’ll see how my body responds. … There’s been so many curveballs throughout my career and really throughout this season, nothing would surprise me. I just want to be out there and playing with my teammates.”
As has been the case all season when the Heat dealt with injuries, like ones that kept Wade sidelined and another that kept Bosh out for the final six games of the regular season, coach Erik Spoelstra insisted that his team has enough depth to compete.
“We feel this team was built with a great deal of versatility,” Spoelstra said. “We feel that that is one of our best strengths.”
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