Oh My Bosh: Heat Forward Shines As Miami Takes Series Lead

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BY JJ BAILEY ANCHOR MEGAN MURPHY You're watching multisource sports news analysis from Newsy. It was th...
BY JJ BAILEY ANCHOR MEGAN MURPHY You're watching multisource sports news analysis from Newsy. It was the Big Three. Then, it was “Two and a half men.” Now after a dominating performance in last night’s game three against the Chicago Bulls, Miami’s new tagline just might be: Who’s the Bosh? After much criticism of his play leading into the playoffs, Heat forward Chris Bosh has put in two monster performances against the Bulls in the Eastern Conference Championships- with Sunday night’s game topping the charts. Video ESPN With 34 points and five boards, Bosh’s game was second only to Lebron James’ twin 35-point showings against the Celtics as the best scoring performance by a Heat forward in the playoffs. But even with two shining games against Chicago, the media aren’t ready to let Bosh out of the dog house. USA Today offers a back-handed compliment with their headline: “3rd-wheel Chris Bosh drives Heat to Game 3 win.” The Examiner opened its story with a pessimistic “For one night at least, the Heat had more than a big two or two and a half, but a big three.” And even Miami Herald sports writer Greg Cote led off his story by referring to Bosh as “The least of the big three” twice in the opening graph. Strangely enough it was the Chicago Tribune which paid the highest compliment to Bosh, and tore apart Chicago’s offensive performance. “In the land of pastels, the Bulls offense again was too blue-collar. Their baskets required too much work, making the smallest lead seem too much to overcome.” But ESPN analyst Jalen Rose says- the Bulls don’t really do offense. Perhaps it’s time to admit Miami really does have the superteam they were shopping for. “The Bulls actually played a pretty good basketball game. They really don’t beat teams with their offense. Yes they shot in the lower 40th percentile, yes they need Rose be a percentage scorer, but other players played well... The Miami Big Three, dominated this game... It’s a huge deal because if you watched today’s game, Chris Bosh- he was resting on D.” It was the first time the Bulls have suffered back-to-back losses since February. Game Four will be Tuesday in Miami when the Bulls will try to avoid losing three in a row for the first time all season. 'Like' Newsy on Facebook for updates in your newsfeed Get more multisource video news analysis from Newsy Transcript by Newsy