The text messages kept coming to Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh.
They filled his phone late Sunday night from folks Bosh refers to as “people in my corner.” The messages were complimenting Bosh for finally showing some aggression and emotion on the court during the Heat’s 91-81 victory against the Orlando Magic.
Bosh broke free from a two-game slump by scoring 23 points on 9 of 13 shooting.
“After [Sunday] night, I got a lot of texts,” Bosh said. “They were all like, ‘There we go, that’s what I’m talking about.”‘
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Bosh said acquaintances became concerned with his demeanor on the court of late, especially last week against the Chicago Bulls. Bosh shot 3 of 15 and was a big reason why the Heat fell to a Chicago team that was playing without its best player (Derrick Rose).
Friends told Bosh they felt he wasn’t playing with enough emotion. It was evident because Bosh was not talking to himself during games like he’s known to normally do.
“Somebody said I wasn’t talking to myself when we played in Chicago,” Bosh said. “…I have conversations all day in a non-crazy way.”
Bosh said the on-court conversations with himself seem to help him play with more aggression. He called it a form of energy that just makes him “naturally aggressive.”
“It’s kind of a weird thing,” Bosh said. “People just tell me that I play better when I’m aggressive and I’m angry, so to speak. It’s just a thing, whatever gets me into the game. That gets me into the game. If I’m talking, it means I’m challenging myself as the game goes on. I’m in my own ear.”
The Heat have always noticed Bosh’s personal chats. Wade did not go into specifics, but said the conversations aren’t proper for print. Bosh said the moments are just ways to get him going and staying in the flow of the game.
They usually involve him raising his voice so he’s heard by everyone on the court.
“I get it because I talk to myself sometimes,” Wade said. “But he’s a little more disrespectful himself. I love it when he’s talking to himself because that means he’s into it.”
It’s become such a definition that friends and teammates inquire when Bosh isn’t talking to himself on the court. On the rare days he’s quiet, he usually has to answer why his mood is subtle.
“The people in my corner are always asking why I don’t that every night,” Bosh said. “When I don’t do it, they think something is wrong with me. It’s just some kind of energy for me. It just gets me going. I can’t explain it but it really works for me.”
Bosh has struggled since returning to the team after his grandmother’s death earlier this month. The Heat ended that three-game West Coast trip with two losses, showing Bosh’s importance that is sometimes overshadowed when playing alongside LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.
Bosh is averaging 18 points and 7.9 rebounds, but saw his numbers dip this month. He scored below his average in four games since returning and shot 7 of 27 in the previous two games before Orlando. On Sunday, Bosh was the aggressor by scoring early. James said it was “by design” to get Bosh involved in the first half.
Bosh scored six of the Heat’s first 10 points.
“Since he came back from the death of his grandmother, he hasn’t played to his liking,” James said. “So it was great to see him get going, [shooting] 5 for 5 in the first quarter. We gave him a lot of touches.”
The Heat are starting to see a positive correlation when Bosh starts fast. They are 13-2 in games Bosh scores double-figures in the first half.
“We feel like we’re unstoppable when [Bosh] is playing at a high level,” Wade said