These were the games Chris Bosh gave up, horse-traded for the right to wear the same jersey as two of the game’s elite. For seven seasons in Toronto, Bosh was the man, the leading scorer and rebounder the final five seasons he wore a Raptors uniform. Offense, defense, everything ran through him. He walked away from all that, surrendering, by choice, individual glory for the chance to be a part of history. Bosh isn’t an afterthought in Miami, but he’s not the first, second or, occasionally, the third option there, either.
Yet there was Bosh last Thursday night in Atlanta, thrust into the spotlight, asked to be the man one more time. No LeBron James (ankle), no Dwyane Wade (foot), just Bosh against a conference rival, playing alongside a cast of characters that made Toronto look appealing. Bosh was everywhere that night, grinding in the post, knocking down jump shots, racking up a Raptor-like 33-point, 14-rebound, five-assist line. He buried a three (a three) to send the game to overtime and was the focal point of the Heat’s offense for virtually every one of the 47 minutes he played in Miami’s 116-109 triple-overtime win.