Jan. 24, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra (left) and power forward Chris Bosh (right) during the second half against the Cleveland Cavaliers at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

Erik Spoelstra: Chris Bosh Is Miami Heat's Most Important Player

When LeBron James and the Miami Heat took on the Phoenix Suns, the ballers from South Beach needed all the help they could get as King James was dealing with an illness. Luckily for Miami, forward Chris Bosh decided to step up and give the Heat the offensive boost they needed.

Following the game, Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra provided some high praise for his power forward even going as far as to say that Bosh is more important than Dwyane Wade or LeBron.

He is our most important player, and he’s as steady and consistent as he always has been for the last two and a half years,” Spoelstra said. “He makes it look easy and he makes it look quiet, and yet he’s so impactful in the game. He was big under the rim and not just his scoring, but the big plays defensively at the end.”

James didn’t go as far as his head coach, but his comments also expressed how important Bosh’s teammates feel he is towards their success.

“He’s such an impact to our team, so efficient,” James said. “He gets his points so quietly, makes jumpshots, gets to the free throw line, makes things happen for our team and we all feed off of that. And I tried to feed off of that as well.”

Bosh knows that there will be outings where he needs to pick up the slack and he is prepared to do just that.

We can’t always expect LeBron to be LeBron all the time,” he said. “He’s not just going to be [perfect], whether it’s physically or whether it’s a bad game. It’s just not going to be A+ all the time.

“I let the game develop and I let it come to me. I don’t just go hunting for anything, if I have post-ups and I get doubled I move off the ball. I don’t like to force bad shots, I like to take high percentage shots. And that’s what makes us so dangerous. We move the ball so much and we play together to put pressure on the defense.”

While Bosh is an important part of Miami’s big three and can be instrumental in the team’s success, it may be a little much to call him the team’s most important player. When you boast a roster that has two former NBA MVPS, it is okay to play second fiddle.

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