Nets vs. Heat: Who’s Got The Edge?

Erik Spoelstra
Jason Kidd (far) and Erik Spoelstra (near) go head-to-head in a best-of-seven. (AP)

Mason Plumlee vs. Chris Bosh

Chris Bosh, Mason Plumlee
Chris Bosh, Mason Plumlee (AP)

Bosh: 75 G, 75 GS, 31.9 MPG, 16.5 PPG, 6.7 RPG, 1.1 APG, 1.0 SPG, 1.0 BPG, .519 FG%, .351 3P%, .820 FT%, 19.6 PER
Plumlee: 64 G, 21 GS, 17.4 MPG, 6.8 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 0.7 APG, 0.7 SPG, 0.8 BPG, .640 FG%, .000 3P%, .632 FT%, 17.9 PER

Like many of the matchups before them, Plumlee and Bosh play the same position largely because basketball requires someone to play the “center” position. But the two play very different games: Bosh is a rare center-spacer, working both beyond the arc and out of the post. Bosh has made a career-high 72 three-pointers this year at a 35.1 percent clip, while Plumlee hasn’t hit a shot outside of the paint on seven attempts all season.

Bosh is also a key to Miami’s athletic defense, helping off on the back line and helping contain slashers to the basket with his agility and basketball IQ. Plumlee is a nice player and a rim-destroyer, but he’s got a long ways before becoming as effective as Bosh on both sides of the floor.


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