Chris Bosh: ‘It’s not over until the last game is won’
|05.10.11 at 12:36 am ET|
Prior to a crucial Game 4 between the Celtics and Heat in the Eastern Conference semifinals, the TD Garden Jumbotron flashed Chris Bosh‘s notorious quote following his atrocious Game 3 performance: “My emotions got the best of me early on.”
Whatever Bosh did to harness them on Monday night, it worked.
“Before, the intensity of the crowd and my intensity that I was bringing, I was trying to control it too much instead of just letting it flow,” Bosh said after the Heat’s 98-90 overtime victory. “In this game, I tried to have the least amount of hesitation as possible. If I had an open shot, I was going to let it go. If the drive was open, I was going to take it. That gave me an aggressive mind-frame going in. It didn’t really happen very fast for me, but if I have a good aggressive frame of mind in the beginning usually things go OK.”
After totaling just five points on 2-of-8 shooting and two rebounds in 19 first-half minutes, Bosh made 6-of-9 shots after the break and grabbed 10 more boards for a total of 20 points and 12 rebounds — his second double-double of the series.
“Chris is a professional,” said Heat teammate Joel Anthony. “We didn’t have any doubt that he was going to come back after the last game. He responded well and answered anyone’s questions about how well he was going to play. He did it on the court. He played huge for us, and that’s what we knew he was going to come out and do.”
Meanwhile, after Garnett’s monster performance on Saturday cast a Shaquille O’Neal-sized shadow on Bosh’s six points and five rebounds in Game 3, the forgotten member of the Heat’s Big Three held KG to seven points on 1-of-10 shooting in Game 4.
Asked about Bosh’s turnaround, Garnett simply responded: “Next question.”
As good as Garnett was in Game 3, Bosh has now outperformed his power forward in arms in three of the four games. What’s worse is that Bosh got free inside with 24 seconds remaining in overtime of Game 4, tipping in a missed LeBron James jump shot to give the Heat a five-point lead and put the game — and perhaps the series — out of reach.
“It was a big basket,” said Heat reserve James Jones. “[Bosh] really stepped up. He shook off the cobwebs and bad performances to bounce back. That’s what this is all about. It’s a growth process. We’re not going to bring it every night. We’re not going to be on our A game every night, but we have to respond in the tough moments. And he definitely did that.”
On Wednesday, Bosh and the Heat will try to make it four wins in five games, but they know emotions will be running high in Miami, especially against these Celtics.
“It means nothing if we don’t do our job,” said Bosh. “We know a good team like this, they’re gonna keep competing, and it’s not over until the last game is won. It was big for us, but we have a quick turnaround, so we gotta get this out of our minds fast.”
For Bosh, it’s always been about clearing his head. And Game 5 will be no different.