People tend to forget about Chris Bosh. They tend to forget that he has played in the last seven NBA All-Star games, was the final piece to the Miami Heat winning the 2012 championship, and won a gold medal in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
In other words Bosh is a baller.
Yet it is still surprising that one weekend into the season that he along with Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant and the Houston Rocket ‘s newest star James Harden are the first three players to score at least 40 points in a game.
Just by looking at each team’s roster it is easy to see that it is much more rare and difficult for Bosh to score so many points because he is the third option on his team. Also because Bosh is a big man he naturally has the ball in his hands less.
But after struggling against the New York Knicks Friday night making just five of his 13 attempted field goals, Bosh caught fire Saturday night against the Denver Nuggets making 15 of his 22 attempted field goals, essentially keeping the Heat in the game. Bosh also shot well from the free-throw line making nine of his 10 attempted foul shots.
This was Bosh’s first time scoring 40 points since joining Miami and his ninth time scoring at least 40 points in his career. Bosh set his career high in 2010 as a member of the Toronto Raptors, scoring 44 points and grabbing 12 rebounds.
The Heat trailed the Nuggets for the majority of the game but Bosh kept the game close with a variety of midrange jump shots, layups, and dunks. Bosh also made his first three pointer of the season early in the first half.
After an offseason in which the Heat did not pursue a starting center, Bosh finally assumed the role and even though he was not the prototypical big man and many questioned his ability to defend players like Dwight Howard and Andrew Bynum, Bosh maintained that they too had to work to defend him. After his display on Saturday night Bosh was exactly right.