For the players of the Miami Heat, the spotlight is usually consumed by LeBron James. Once and a while, Dwyane Wade will turn back the clocks and look like the “Flash” of old, but James is the belle of the ball. It is easy to be caught in the shadow of the “King” and quickly be forgot about, kind of like Chris Bosh.
Ever since Bosh joined the Heat in 2010, he has had very few personal accolades. Sure, he has two NBA championship rings and some All-Star appearances, but that doesn’t quite cut it when you are making around $20 million a season. Hold the phone, Bosh has finally had a breakthrough.
Game after game, Bosh has disappointed the basketball universe. Once a 20-and-10 guy, his stats have continually decreased while in South Beach. However, Bosh was recently named the East player of the week after a terrific string of games in the final week of 2013. His good play included a 37 point performance against the Portland Trail Blazers when he hit a three-pointer to win the game.
Over the last nine games, Bosh has averaged 20.8 points and 7.8 rebounds, big increases from his season averages. During that stretch, Miami is 8-1. Bosh plays a big role for the Heat, and when he plays well, the rest of the team plays well.
It has been no secret that the power forward has struggled over his first three season with Miami and has had a slow start to the 2013-14 season. Many of his issues can be blamed on a lack of aggression and confidence. Now with a huge game winning shot under his belt and a Player of the Week Award, Bosh should have plenty of confidence to boost his averages and help the Heat to a third straight championship.
With Bosh playing well and Wade looking healthy, it looks like the defending champions are gearing up for an extended win streak. It was right around this time that they began their 27-game win streak last season. If Bosh can continue to play strong and be the leading big man he is suppose to be, Miami could be challenging their impressive streak.