Miami Heat: Chris Bosh Struggles in Return to Toronto

By Nicholas Crimarco
John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

In the summer of 2010, Chris Bosh and LeBron James both left their original teams to join up with Dwyane Wade in Miami. Since then the Miami Heat have been to three NBA Finals and won two championships. The teams they have left behind have yet to get on track and be competitive. The Cleveland Cavaliers have had the No. 1 overall pick twice since James left, and the Toronto Raptors had their best finish a year ago by going 34-48.

On Wednesday the Heat dismantled the Cavaliers in James’ return to Cleveland. LeBron finished with 28 points, eight rebounds and eight assists in 37 minutes against his former team. Miami won their eighth straight game 95-84, while Cleveland dropped their fourth straight and seventh on their last eight.

On Friday night, Bosh got his chance to play against the Raptors in Toronto. The Heat played in Toronto on November 5 and won 104-95. Bosh missed that game due to the birth of his daughter, however, so this would be his first game in Toronto this season. Unfortunately for Bosh, foul trouble never allowed him to get into a rhythm on the court, and he had his worst all around game of the season.

He finished with only four points on 2-for-6 shooting in 20 minutes. He fouled out with four minutes remaining in the game, was able to grab only five rebounds, and did not get to the foul line. This is continuing a troubling trend for Bosh in which he has scored less than 10 points in three consecutive games. His 14.1 points per game are the second worst of his career and the worst since his rookie season with the Raptors. He is also averaging a career low in rebounds, minutes and assists per game.

While he has been able to win two titles and been part of the best team in the league for the past three seasons, Bosh has to wonder if he made the right decision in leaving Toronto. He is no longer considered a superstar like he was before he joined Miami, and his numbers have been indicative of his role on the team. When he first joined the team they would make a serious effort to get him the ball and get him going. It seems like now he is more of a luxury than a necessity and may be the one that leaves when the season is over.

With all three stars set to opt out at the end of the season, the play of Bosh recently and the success of the team through his failures could cause them to let him walk. The Heat may want to build around Wade and James and just surround them with a few more role players.

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