It took a quarter of the season, but the Miami Heat finally got a complete game out of each member of the “Big 3”. Saturday’s victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers was only a glimpse of what LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh can do as a collective unit.
James nearly had a triple-double with 25 points, nine rebounds and nine assists. Wade added an impressive 24 points on 9-of-15 shooting and Bosh finally showed up this season with 22 points and a season-high 12 rebounds. It is only Bosh’s second double-double of the season and only the second time he has rebounded in the double-digits.
Bosh’s performance against the Cavaliers was the tiniest of steps in the right direction. To be brutally honest, it isn’t much of a step at all. Through 23 games, the big man is only averaging 14 points and six rebounds, the lowest since his rookie year with the Toronto Raptors.
I know Bosh has plenty of haters and those are rightfully deserved. After all, Bosh is making close to $20 million a year with Miami and he hasn’t exactly earned that money. Sure, he has been a part of three NBA Finals appearances and two championships, but his numbers have only plummeted since moving to South Beach and his impact in key games has been minimal.
His performance against Cleveland was honorable, but unimpressive. The Cavs do not have a premiere frontcourt player. Andrew Bynum is about as useful as a cassette player and Anderson Varejao is used as a mop to wipe up the floor. Bosh should easily get a double-double when matched up against inferior players such as the aforementioned big men of the Cavaliers.
I really don’t know what is wrong with Bosh and why he isn’t performing like he is capable of. It could be a lack of confidence, a lack of aggression or him just not getting enough touches. With his best game of the season under his belt and Miami in a long homestand, maybe Bosh can finally get something going and follow through on his offseason vow to be a better player. However, don’t get your hopes up just yet.