Bosh contributes little as Heat beat Raptors
Chris Bosh admitted before the game that the first meeting against his former team, the Toronto Raptors, had some special meaning to him.
Maybe his emotions were a little too high.
Bosh was relegated to the bench for much of the game due to overaggressive play. With four quick fouls, Bosh sat the majority of the third quarter and he picked up his fifth foul with 9:50 remaining in the fourth and never returned.
Bosh played just 21 minutes against the Raptors, his fewest of the season, scoring 12 points while pulling down six rebounds.
"I wasn't that antsy before the game," Bosh said of his emotions. "I just wanted to make sure we won the game."
With Bosh on the bench for much of the second half, the Raptors made a run at Miami, cutting the Heat's lead to 91-87 with six minutes remaining, but Miami responded with a 12-2 run to close out the game for a 109-100 win.
While Bosh was ineffective against his old team, Miami's other two stars, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, had little trouble against the Raptors, combining for 54 points.
"To be honest we had more trouble containing the other two guys," Raptors coach Jay Triano said when asked about Bosh.
Going into the game, Bosh admitted there would be some feelings of nostalgia. Bosh greeted his ex-teammates with big hugs during the pre-game warmup and went out of his way to shake the hand of Triano seconds before tip-off.
"When it is official like this, it is a little bit different," Bosh said. "I am glad we got it out of the way and I'm glad we won."
Though Bosh watched the majority of the game from the bench, he did have one memorable play against his former team. Early in the third quarter Bosh got Amir Johnson to bite on an up-and-under move underneath the basket before Bosh made a forceful slam dunk while being fouled. Bosh let out a euphoric yell after the basket.
Bosh's stint in Toronto didn't end without controversy.
When it became clear Bosh's departure from the Raptors was imminent, president and GM Bryan Colangelo publicly criticized Bosh for missing six games last season with a knee injury, even though he had allegedly been cleared to play, and questioned his status as a franchise player.
"I can understand why people wouldn't want to see me go, but what's done is done," Bosh said. "I don't want people to say anything bad about me. I don't think I did anything to make anyone feel angry."
Bosh spent seven seasons in Toronto as a five time all-star, averaging 20 points and nine rebounds per game for the Raptors.
His first ten games for the Heat have been a work in progress as he acclimates to the new role of being the third scoring option. The last two seasons in Toronto, Bosh took 16 shot attempts per game.
This year for the Heat, Bosh is averaging 11 shots per game.
Bosh is well below his career averages this season at 14 points and six rebounds per game.
"I'm just trying to be the best player I can be," Bosh said. "I want to be the type of player where numbers don't reflect what he means to the team."