He started off hitting his first shot. Then he went on to miss his next three. It felt like Chris Bosh’s night was already going the same way things went during his homecoming in Toronto (four points and five rebounds). As a matter of fact, he looked to be on the way to how his last three games have gone — shooting 29 percent and scoring in single digits for the first time in a three-game stretch since his rookie season.
Fortunately for the Miami Heat, Bosh has been “trying to fill that plug where we’re lacking” on defense, fostering Chis Andersen-type energy by blitzing opponents on double-teams and being disruptive in the post. But, his offense was still broken.
“I was missing shots but I don’t let that get me down,” Bosh told Jason Jackson after the Charlotte Bobcats game. “I kept it simple and I didn’t change a thing and it still worked out.”
And the Heat kept feeding him. They got him involved early and made sure they dished him the rock. He got it on pick-and-rolls and pick-and-pops. The team did whatever they could do to get Bosh out of his slump. However, it was a friendly bounce that turned things around — four bounces, to be exact.
That’s how many times the ball played with the rim until it trickled in. Then a second one dropped, and a third from nearly the same spot. Just like that, three consecutive 3-pointers erased three bad performances, and he had scored 13 Heat points in a row. Twenty two points and nine rebounds later, Bosh was relaxing with Jackson in the very place where he made video bombs a staple of every post-game highlight show.
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