Chris Bosh played one of his best games as a member of the Miami Heat, scoring 34 points in a Game 3 win over Chicago Sunday night. For the second time this series he led the Heat in scoring, making 13-of-18 field goals while going 8-for-10 at the line. Game 3 also marked just his fifth 30-point game of the season, two of which have come in the series. He’s played with passion, played with aggression, and he’s been knocking down his outside jumpers. He has been a difference-maker for the Heat and a big reason they’re ahead 2-1 in the series.
But this season has not gone smoothly for Bosh. He was dunked on by Ray Allen last series, admitted he was nervous in Boston, and he was almost in tears following a regular season loss. He’s become a target for mockery and appeared to have a difficult time learning his identity on a team that has two stars in LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. That’s been a difficult adjustment for Bosh to make given his status as the franchise player in Toronto the past several seasons. He even admitted that Sunday night.
Asked after Game 3 about accepting a new role where he wasn’t the focal point of his team’s offense, Bosh said “It was extremely difficult. It was to the point where I didn’t know how I was going to be able to be effective. But I still have to have that aggressiveness that I had then. Of course I’m not going to get as many play calls, I know that, with two other great players and a great team. I just have to be aggressive and have a better swagger about myself and just believe in myself and my teammates and go out there and play basketball.”
Bosh was then asked if he’s had to put aside his ego since joining the Heat.