Chris Bosh leads Miami Heat to Victory Over Charlotte Bobcats
Over the last three games, Chris Bosh has been as unproductive as any three-game stretch in his career. In those games, he scored 17 points and grabbed 16 rebounds while committing 13 fouls. The last of the three games was Friday night against his former team, the Toronto Raptors. Bosh returned to the place where he played the first seven years of his career and had his worst game of the season. He fouled out in only 20 minutes of action and scored four points and grabbed five rebounds.
Miami has managed to win nine straight games without the “Big 3″ all having good games. Dwyane Wade has been injured and coach Erik Spoelstra has rested him in this stretch of games. It seems like Bosh has played better without Wade in the lineup. With Miami getting production from Michael Beasley and Rashard Lewis, the lack of offense from Bosh hasn’t costed them a game or even been topic of discussion.
On Sunday against the Charlotte Bobcats, Miami struggled to find any consistency in the second and third quarters. The Bobcats outscored them 52-37 in those two quarters and went into the fourth up by 12. Bosh checked in with 6:47 left in the quarter and Miami down by seven points. With Charlotte up 87-80, Bosh scored 13 straight points for the Heat including two free throws, a dunk and three consecutive three pointers to put the Heat up 93-91. Miami won the game 99-98 and Bosh finished with 22 points and nine rebounds.
The 22 points for Bosh was tied for his second most in a game this year and his nine rebounds were also his second most. For a player that has a career scoring average of 19.4 and rebound average of 8.8, his 2013 numbers show the struggle he is having. Going into the game Sunday, Bosh was averaging only 14.1 points and 5.6 rebounds per game. He has been losing time to Chris Andersen and Michael Beasley and has yet to find a rhythm. This is the most talented team Miami has had since the “Big 3″ got together in 2010. While Bosh sometimes may be the forgotten star on this team, he will have to have more games like this for them to win their third straight title.