Bosh, Wade can't escape comparisons

FRANK ZICARELLI , QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:42 AM ET

Sometime during Thursday’s first quarter, the NBA formally will announce the reserves for next month’s all-star game.

In a perfect world, Chris Bosh would be starting for the East in his native Dallas when basketball’s stars descend on the Lone Star State.

The NBA’s system of allowing fans to vote for the starting unit is far from perfect, which is why the popular Kevin Garnett is the public’s choice at power forward in the East.

Popularity and productivity made Dwyane Wade a can’t-miss starter at shooting guard.

Bosh’s numbers are more than all-star worthy, but his profile pales in comparison to Wade.

When Bosh and Wade led their respective teams Wednesday night at the Air Canada Centre, one couldn’t help but envision how the two would work together as teammates.

The two have hooked up together at all-star events in the past.

The two have been linked from the moment they entered the NBA and the two have become almost inseparable in the many trade scenarios that surface.

Whether Bosh and Wade ever become teammates can’t be known because so much is unknown about the NBA’s free-agent market that looms this summer.

What is known and what can’t be disputed is the comparative impact each has on his team.

The Raptors can win on nights when Bosh’s offence isn’t flowing.

When he poured in a career-high 44 points in Milwaukee last week, the Raptors lost.

In back-to-back home wins entering Wednesday night, Bosh has struggled with his offence, but the Raptors won both times.

When Wade goes off, the Heat usually wins.

When he had the ball in his hands needing to make a play Monday night with good friend LeBron James providing the defence, Wade committed a turnover, a miscue that led to a one-point loss.

Wade scored 30 first-half points against a tough Cavs defence, but was limited to two in the second half.

Wade has been forced to shoulder so much in South Beach, producing more than he has failed.

He has led the team to an NBA title and Wade’s status as a true elite player can’t be questioned.

You know a guy has reached that lofty perch when officials given them preferential treatment.

But as long as questions surround the players Miami has surrounded Wade with, the Heat can’t be considered as serious playoff threats.

Last spring, Miami was ousted by Atlanta in the opening round.

One day, Bosh will have to decide his future path.

The Raptors can ship him out of town by as early as the Feb. 18 trade deadline, but why mess with a good thing.

Even with cap space to sign a big-time free agent, the Heat’s problems can’t all be solved by giving Wade a running mate.

The Raptors are better positioned, which may or may not factor into Bosh’s decision to stay or go.

Whether it was Sonny Weems, Antoine Wright or Marco Belinelli, Wade couldn’t be stopped in his final visit to Toronto, pending an unlikely post-season appearance.

Bosh had moments on offence, but he didn’t have to be the man, unlike Wade.

When the Raptors needed lift following a listless and turnover-happy first quarter, Toronto’s reserves provided the spark.

When baskets were required, Andrea Bargnani played like an all-star, taking his time in the post, using his dribble to create and he defended.

Jermaine O’Neal tried to bait Bargnani with a jab step on an isolation from the left baseline, but Bargnani held his ground, refusing to leave his feet.

With Bargnani stepping up, Bosh has the luxury of conserving energy on offence, allowing him to be more active on the boards.

Bosh doesn’t have to be dominant when being efficient is more effective.

And just imagine the possibilities once Hedo Turkoglu finds that elusive form.

In contrast, Wade has to be dominant and draw defenders to keep Miami competitive.

Flash made seven trips to the line in the opening half, but finished the game with eight.

He’s durable, but one has to wonder how long he can continue to be dominant at his current pace and sheer recklessness.

Bosh may realize that being the man on a deep team far outweighs the allure of playing in Miami with Wade.

Winning, no doubt, will help.

More nights such as Wednesday night’s 111-103 win may convince for Bosh.


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