Talk about taking advantage of an opportunity. Chris Bosh came out in the first preseason game and set a tone that the Miami Heat hope he can carry for the rest of the season. Bosh asserted himself early, scoring 11 of the team’s 14 points and 19 points in 14 first half minutes. He didn’t wait for his scoring chances to come; he went out and took them like he was back in Toronto.
It was a continuation of where he left off at the team’s red-and-white scrimmage game. He was hitting jump shots, splashing threes and ending plays with spinning finishes at the rim which gives Heat fans hope that Bosh’s fourth year could be his breakout year in South Beach. And according to ESPN, LeBron James feels the same way.
“Big-time,” James said after Tuesday’s practice when asked if Bosh should be on the verge of a breakthrough. “Chris can average 20 (points) and 10 (rebounds) if he puts his mind to it … He’s always a matchup problem.”
And he will continue to be a matchup problem because of the noticeably added bulk to his frame. But what Bosh really has to do is work harder to get on the boards, which means no more excuses about being out of position due to his role in the offense or coming up short because of guards venturing down amongst the trees.
Bosh has to be focused. Then maybe his skills will finally be appreciated and his name will be out of the mouths of fans thirsty for him to be on the trading block.
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