What's the third part of a big three worth?
That's probably a question you don't have answered until one or both of the other triumvirate constituents are missing.
So naturally, when Dwyane Wade and LeBron James are healthy and doing their respective things we tend to over look the value of Chris Bosh. As outstanding as 20 points per game (12th in the league) on 51% shooting to go along with 8 rebounds per game is (as a third option), we tend to take it for granted. Or even worse, some fools may get the notion that this guy isn't a great player and somehow is "soft."
However, as we saw last year in the Eastern conference finals against Chicago, when Wade struggled to the point peopled question whether he was healthy, Bosh got to display his worth. He averaged 27 points and 9 rebounds on 59% shooting.
How about this year?
Remember Miami's first loss of the season to Atlanta?
What about the rematch a week later when Wade and LeBron were out due to injury?
No Wade, no 'Bron, no problem.
Not with Bosh leading the way to a triple overtime victory.
33 points, 15 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks.
(who does this guy think he is? Josh Smith?)
Let's not forget the three pointer he made at the end of regulation to send the game into the first overtime.
And what about the other night agains the Spurs, after the Heat lost 3 in a row?
No Wade, so Bosh was elevated in stature to second fiddle behind LeBron.
How does 30 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists, and 4 steals sound to you?
This guy is a beast.
And a skilled beast at that.
Check out this nifty play from the other night:
Yeah, that's a 6'11" - 235 pounder taking the ball up the court to first in-and-out then spin off a defender at the foul line and finish above the rim with two.
It just seems time and again, that Bosh comes through for the the Heat at critical junctures throughout the season and postseason. Perhaps I'm starting to sound like a broken record.
That guy can be the 2nd or 3rd option on my team anytime.