*Cues the ‘Golden Girls’ theme song* “Thank you for bein a friiiiend…”
Chris Bosh doesn’t have the reputation for being a closer. Soft, yes. But closer? Not when you’re the third wheel on a team that features two of the top finishers in the game, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.
Bosh, however, may have changed perceptions about himself Sunday night by changing the momentum of the NBA Finals. The Dallas product hit the biggest shot of his life, a 16-foot baseline jumper with 39.6 seconds left in Miami’s 88-86 Game 3 victory that has the Heat back in control of the series.
“This is as big as it gets,” said Bosh, who played 37 minutes despite being poked in the left eye by Jason Kidd in the first quarter. “When I know I’m going to have an open shot, I know I have to shoot it. I just wanted to have good form, follow through, and I’m lucky.”
Bosh had lost all eight games in his hometown since joining the NBA, but Sunday night he scored seven of his 18 points in the fourth quarter and salvaged what started as a brutal performance. His final numbers weren’t great: 7-of-18. But he was 2-for-9 in the first half.
“I thought it was quite fitting that I got poked in the eye early,” Bosh said. “You just have to keep going.”
The Heat’s starting power forward won the game at one end while the team’s backup power forward, Udonis Haslem, clinched the victory by harassing Dirk Nowitzki into a turnover and an errant jump shot on the Mavs’ final two possessions.
“I think he stayed down and made me shoot a contested shot and a shot I can make,” Nowitzki said. “Unfortunately, it didn’t go in.”
Ol’ Chrissy Bosh put his bisha$$ness aside last night and really stepped up to save his team from a loss that may have sealed their fate in this series.
That said, caption the above picture. It’s hilarious and should be used for our entertainment..