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Monday, May 23, 2011

Chris Bosh Big-Game Workout

34 points on 13-18 shooting. And that was after he missed his first three shots.
Hold that Chicago.
Hold that haters.

Believe it or not, Chris Bosh is leading everyone in scoring this series.
No coincidence Miami has a 2-1 lead.

At this point, whatever you think about Chris Bosh and/or his game is irrelevant.
He is an olympic champion.
He is a 6 time all-star (out of 8 seasons).
And he is one of the best big men in the game.

No, he is not a beast.
But he is 6'11", skilled, and can shoot.
Not unlike Pau Gasol.
Coincidently, people call him soft too.

In his first season with Miami Bosh averaged 19 points and 8 rebounds a game - as the third option.
What Chicago wouldn't give for that right now.
In the playoffs thus far, he is averaging 18 points and 9 rebounds a game - as the third option.
What Chicago wouldn't give for that right now.

But what has been most impressive about Bosh this season has been his ability to answer critics at crucial moments by have big performances in some of the most important games of the season.

Remember when the Heat went on their 5 game losing streak after the all-star break that had everyone in panic mode? After their 5th loss Bosh demanded the ball more.
What happened?
They beat the Lakers the next game (back when the Lakers played like the Lakers) and Bosh had 24 points and 9 rebounds.

Same goes for the playoffs.
Remember when Miami lost game 3 in the Boston series?
In that game, bosh had a measly 6 points (on 6 shots) and 5 rebounds while Garnett had 28 points and 18 rebounds.
I was there for that game - which is why I was able to film Dwayne Wade's pre-game workout.
However, I did not see Bosh work out before the game.
Although after that game, Bosh made some comments about needing to touch the ball more.
How would he back that up?

Can you guess who I saw working out before game 4?
Probably wanting to make sure he was fully prepared this time, Bosh was getting it in early:

I told you he can shoot.
But what about some post moves?
Okay, here you go:

I know all of you big men out there felt out of the loop when I posted videos of Ray Allen and Dwayne Wade.

Hopefully you guys appreciate this.

Look how Bosh works on catching the ball with his back to the defender and then uses his pivot foot to face the defender and then either bump him or jab-step to create space for his jump-shot. Also notice how he worked on using both the left and right foot as a pivot. Look how quick and fluid those moves are. Remember, Bosh is 6'11".

So what did this pre-game workout yield?
Bosh had 20 points and 12 rebounds in an overtime win, that enabled the Heat to take control of the series and finish it off in Miami. Bosh also had a huge tip-in bucket in overtime to seal the deal.
Garnett finished with 7 points and 10 rebounds.

It seems people haven't learned their lesson about doubting Bosh.
As you can see in this series against Chicago, Bosh keeps saving his best for when people hate on him most.
Before the series began, Carlos Boozer was asked how Chicago would handle Miami's big three.
His response?

"Miami has two great players in Wade and James. We're really going to have to focus on those two."

Talking about hating on a dude.
By omitting Bosh, Boozer in effect was trying to play him.

Bad idea.

Bosh is averaging 25 points and 7 rebound a game on 67% shooting this series.
In contrast, Boozer is averaging 16 points and 11 rebounds a game on 41% shooting.
Not bad numbers for Boozer, but let's face it, he's no Chris Bosh.

And of course, some of Bosh's buckets have come directly against Boozer:

Look at the foot work.
Look at the spin, the dribble, and finish.
It almost looks like it's something that he practices......
Nothing I love better than in-game application of moves/skills that you work on in practice.

I guess Boozer should have been careful about what he said.
Maybe he should have focused on playing Bosh on the court instead of off it.

Notice to Dallas (or Oklahoma):
Don't try to punk Chris Bosh.
It will only end up bad for you and your squad.


  1. life lessons through basketball.....

    "Nothing I love better than in-game application of moves/skills that you work on in practice."

    I don't play ball but I can relate to this. So true! Keep doing it, Bosh!

  2. Ive heard that some refer to the Miami Heat Big 3 as Two and a Half Men. That has GOT to get under this guys skin. LOL