Do you remember when Chris Bosh was among the game’s elite? Bosh was once one of the best players in the NBA and was tagged as the new hope in Toronto, where he lead the team to respectability. Bosh was one of the most coveted free agents in the summer of 2010, but has not lived up to his billing as part of the Miami Heat‘s Big 3.
His performance against the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday night was arguably his best in a Heat jersey, but can he maintain this caliber of play?
Bosh led the Heat to a 108-107 win on the road with his 37 points and 10 rebounds. With LeBron James out with a groin issue, Bosh seized control of the game when he reverted back to the form of his Toronto days, sinking the game-winning 3-pointer. Dwyane Wade contributed 16 points and seven assists to the cause, but it was Bosh that stole the show. He has not been in that form since Toronto, but was this game aberration or a glimpse of things to come?
The Heat have been waiting for a second player to step up outside LeBron, and with Wade’s multiple injuries, that player will have to be Bosh in the future. Miami’s future success is predicated upon Bosh’s return to greatness, but how much can he give the Heat on a nightly basis?
Bosh will not be able to deliver a career performance every night, but he proved that he is still a threat with his performance against the Trail Blazers. While many thought Bosh would be jettisoned this offseason, play like this will have all of his critics singing a different tune. Bosh will never be a superstar again, but he is on his way back to being relevant.
Greg Douglas is an NBA writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on twitter @thegpd93 or add him to your Google Network.