This was a game that Chris Bosh really needed, a game in which to prove himself as a quality frontcourt player against a large and looming Cleveland Cavaliers team, and he did just that. Bosh set the tone offensively from the start of tipoff, and ended his night with 22 points, helping to lead the Miami Heat in a 114-107 victory over the Cavs. Not only did Bosh put on a brilliant offensive display, he grabbed 12 rebounds. This is impressive, considering he was battling for rebounds all night against a frontcourt averaging 7’0 (Andrew Bynum and Anderson Varejao).
“When [Bosh] gets a double-double, we are pretty much unbeatable,” James said of Bosh’s second double-double of the season. “He had his legs. He looked great.” (ESPN, Wallace)
LeBron James is speaking the truth here. When Bosh flourishes in a game, it always leads to an eventual Heat victory. It’s not coincidence that in all six Heat losses this season, Bosh has averaged less than 5.2 rebounds per game. This won’t work if you are the starting center for a team looking to win their third straight title, and the aggression from Bosh on the boards is absolutely vital to the Heat’s success.
It seems Bosh is getting himself into form for the heavyweight rematch against the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night. The Heat will need every ounce of fight from Bosh if they are going to have a shot at making an impact on the glass. The Pacers only rank 9th in the league in rebounding, so if the focus is there, Bosh and the remainder of the Heat have the opportunity to not only win the battle on the boards, but bring home a crucial win against a potential Eastern Conference Finals opponent.