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Chris Bosh starts talking to himself again, has big game

Mar 19, 2012, 4:28 PM EDT

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FOX Sports’ Chris Tomasson has the story:

MIAMI  Chris Bosh was talking Sunday night and nobody was answering. That’s the way his teammates like it.

You see, the Miami forward speaks to himself during games. And one of the apparent problems during his recent slump was he hadn’t been chattering enough.

“Somebody said I wasn’t talking to myself when we played in Chicago,” Bosh said, referring to Wednesday’s loss and his disastrous 3-of-15 shooting.

So it was Chatty Chris on display in Sunday’s 91-81 win over Orlando at AmericanAirlines Arena. He listened to what he was saying, scoring 23 points on 9-of-13 shooting.

“I have conversations all day in a non-crazy way,” Bosh said.

“Chatty Chris” wasn’t just on his game offensively against the Magic: he held Orlando’s Ryan Anderson to just 5 points on 2-6 shooting.

Bosh can have trouble getting involved in the Heat offense when both LeBron James and Dwayne Wade are on the floor because both players, especially Wade, tend to play like big men. LeBron will often look to distribute from the perimeter, but Wade doesn’t take catch-and-shoot threes, loves to cut to the rim off the ball, and has been destroying teams from the low-post this season.

Wade’s unique game often relegates Bosh to the role of a catch-and-shoot player, which sells him short: Bosh is a very good mid-range shooter for a big man, but he can’t knock down threes like a Kevin Love or a Ryan Anderson, and he’s at his best when he’s attacking the rim, making layups, and drawing fouls. When Bosh, Wade, and James are all aggressive, the Heat are nearly unstoppable: as the Heat Index’s Tom Haberstroh pointed out last night, Miami is 15-2 this season when Bosh scores 20 or more points, so Miami is likely hoping that Bosh will continue to have discussions with himself as the season goes forward.

  1. southbeachtalent - Mar 19, 2012 at 4:47 PM

    Keep talking Chris!!!!

  2. comeonnowguys - Mar 19, 2012 at 4:58 PM

    …or maybe, just maybe, you have a really bad night.

    Crazy talk, I know.

  3. pudgalvin - Mar 19, 2012 at 5:33 PM

    I wonder if it’s better to talk to yourself during a game or have Ryan Anderson guard you instead of Taj Gibson and Joakim Noah.

    • africanballer - Mar 20, 2012 at 4:41 AM

      The man is doing what motivates him to perform to the best of his ability. Ain’t no shame in that

    • comeonnowguys - Mar 20, 2012 at 9:17 AM

      I think Carlos Boozer just confirmed you right last night.

  4. carolinakid - Mar 19, 2012 at 8:52 PM

    Heat win it all !

    Im calling it

    Done deal. The first of 7-8-9 rings for Lebron !!

  5. glink123 - Mar 19, 2012 at 8:54 PM

    lol. pudgalvin, post of the night.

  6. losangelasbasketball - Mar 19, 2012 at 9:17 PM

    espn needs to do a mic’d up segment with bosh…

  7. detroitcityryda - Mar 19, 2012 at 9:29 PM

    Did he say to the courtside lady “um um girl that perm ain’t done did good Chrissy need to fixes dat “

  8. thebigkahuna23 - Mar 20, 2012 at 2:01 AM

    I think he’s actually going nuts. He was a superstar in Toronto putting up huge numbers two years ago. Now people call him bosh spice, people say he’s soft and flops, and he plays third fiddle to LeBron and Wade. Either LeBron or wade need to make a big improvement in three point shooting so they can get the best out of bosh.

    • comeonnowguys - Mar 20, 2012 at 9:18 AM

      To be fair, you can’t just single him out for flopping. The whole team flops a surprising amount given the talent level.

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