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Chris Bosh admits he got nervous before Game 3

May 9, 2011, 1:11 PM EDT

Boston Celtics Pierce guards the Miami Heat's Bosh during the first quarter of Game 3 of their NBA Eastern Conference playoff series in Boston AP

For the first two games of the Heat vs. Celtics series, Chris Bosh did not have great numbers but he essentially played Kevin Garnett to a standstill.

Not in Game 3 — Bosh had 6 points on 6 shots, plus just 5 rebounds. Garnett had 28 points and 18 boards.

What happened? Bosh explained that nerves were part of it as he got caught up in a raucous Garden crowd, according to ESPN:

“Given all the elements that were out there last night … they were so hyped,” Bosh said. “My emotions got the best of me early on and it kind of dictated what I was doing for the rest of the game….

“I was not trusting my game,” Bosh said. “The toughest thing to do in hostile environments is not just to trust your teammates but to trust yourself. Trust things you’ve been doing all your life.”

Bosh was hesitant at the start of the game and even when the jitters wore off he seemed to be in a funk.

Part of it is physical, Bosh is dealing with a pinched nerve in his neck he got from sleeping wrong. That ended up not being the nerves that were the biggest problem, however.

The Heat don’t need Bosh to dominate to win a game in this series, but he has to neutralize Kevin Garnett. The two have to play to a standstill. If not, this series could well head back to Miami all tied and basically a best-of-three. The Heat don’t want to give the Celtics that kind of life

  1. Ryan Karhut - May 9, 2011 at 1:49 PM

    Did he admit to getting dominated during the game too?

  2. andyhr17 - May 9, 2011 at 1:59 PM

    Also, don’t dive for loose balls anywhere near him, because you could get close to his legs…and that’s pretty darn scary for him. I mean, he could get knocked down out there! He’d prefer to just chill.

  3. bhester1906 - May 9, 2011 at 2:40 PM

    I bet they wish they woulda picked up Stoudemire instead of Bosh…

    • cordae - May 9, 2011 at 10:28 PM

      Offensively, yes…

      Defensively, they made the right choice

      I’ll take better than average offense (some nights) and decent defense (some nights again lol) over extrordinary offense, and absolutely no defense any day. Those 2 games he held him still were crucial…

      • cordae - May 9, 2011 at 10:31 PM

        *extraordinary sorry, I just really hate typos…

  4. hnirobert3 - May 9, 2011 at 2:50 PM

    Bosh for Scola. I wonder if the Rockets would go for that…

  5. Rollie - May 9, 2011 at 3:54 PM

    3rd wheels are always uncomfortable and nervous

  6. passerby23 - May 9, 2011 at 4:46 PM

    This is much ado about nothing. Look, if Bosh gets dominated and looks tentative, whether he publicly admits to nerves affecting him or not makes no difference. On the other hand, if he goes out and plays a great game, we just say he overcame the nerves. If we know players lie about nerves and we can tell when someone is playing tentatively, why do we care whether there is an admission of it or not?

    Everyone wants to take every word from any Heat player and put it under a microscope. If Bosh goes on to tank the series and the Heat lose, then it’s a factor, but him admitting to it doesn’t matter.

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