AP Basketball Writer
SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Every time Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh caught the ball out near the 3-point line in the first two games of the NBA Finals, he had all the room in the world. There was no crowding from the San Antonio Spurs, no annoying defender with a hand in Bosh's face.
Most NBA players dream of such scenarios. Bosh smelled a rat.
"It's a little mind game," Bosh said on Tuesday before the Heat played the Spurs in Game 3. "I know what they're doing. Once I saw that, I said, 'All right, I need to switch that up a little bit.'"
Miami's power forward went 0 for 4 from 3-point range in the Heat's Game 1 loss to the Spurs, and had plenty of opportunities to shoot them again in Game 2. But he resisted that urge and didn't take the bait. Bosh didn't attempt a 3 for just the second time in 18 games this postseason, and the Heat rolled to a 103-84 win to even the best-of-seven series.
"I think just with this team, it seems like that's what they want me to do, so I'm not going to do it right now," Bosh said. "They want me to shoot 3s. And I could tell by looking at the film. So I kind of just really changed it up. Nobody was closing out to me and I was like, 'OK if nobody is closing out on me, that means they want me to shoot it.'"
Bosh is a career 28.8 percent shooter on 3s, a predictably woeful percentage for a big man who spends most of his time banging down low. He rarely shot them for most of his career, but did average a career high 1.0 attempts per game this year. Bosh was shooting an impressive 48.4 percent from long range in the playoffs before the finals began, starting with a 3-for-4 performance in the postseason opener against Milwaukee.
He also make 3 of 5 3s, including the game-winner with 1.9 seconds left, to lead a Heat team playing without LeBron James or Dwyane Wade to an 88-86 victory over the Spurs at the AT&T Center on March 31. But after coming up empty in the Game 1 loss to the Spurs in the finals, Bosh thinks he can be more effective in the paint, where he amassed 12 points and 10 boards in Game 2.
"Just being a little closer, I think they feel more at risk," Bosh said. "Even if I don't shoot it, I just want them thinking about me a little bit more."
PARKER'S PLAN: Tony Parker has bumbled through worse -- but not many -- NBA Finals performances than in Game 2, when he scored 13 points on 5-of-14 shooting.
Parker said Tuesday that he could stand to sometimes make quicker decisions in the series going forward. He rebuffed the idea of a single cure-all, but was confident of finding ways to look more like his signature self against the Heat.
"I'll figure it out. That's what players do," he said.
Sunday night was the fourth-worst shooting performance in the Finals for the All-Star point guard -- who the Spurs rely on far more heavily now than in 2003, when Parker was once 1 for 12 in a loss to New Jersey.
Guard Danny Green said Parker and Tim Duncan took extra shots in practice to shake off the bad game. Parker, Duncan and Manu Ginobili combined to make 10 of 33 shots in Game 2.
"They want perfection," Green said. "They're going to continue to work hard until they get things right."
FAMILIAR SURROUNDINGS: There aren't very many opposing players who have fond memories in the AT&T Center, where the Spurs enjoy one of the most decisive homecourt advantages in the league.
When Heat guard Mario Chalmers walked into the building for a shootaround on Tuesday morning, he had a big smile on his face. This arena is the site of Chalmers' most memorable moment of a basketball player -- when the Kansas junior hit a 3-pointer with 2.1 seconds remaining against Memphis to tie the game and push it into overtime. The Jayhawks won the game in overtime.
That was five years ago, but Chalmers said all the feelings came rushing back as he prepared for Game 3.
"I was joking with (Heat assistant Bob) McAdoo about that earlier," Chalmers said. "It's close to that feeling five years ago."
It's been quite a ride for Chalmers in Miami since then. He broke into the league on a young and rebuilding team that was bounced in the first round of the playoffs in each of his first two seasons. Then James and Bosh came along, and together with Dwyane Wade would ride Chalmers hard in practices and games.