By pulling his game away from the basket on offense, Bosh has improved the Heats spacing.
And his three-point shooting has improved dramatically from the regular season. Bosh has drained 7 of 15 attempts in the playoffs, after making 21 of 74 during the season.
I know its unorthodox for people to really see what type of player I am and what they needed me to be here, he said. You see a big and they want to put you in a box. A guy might outweigh you by 50 or 60 pounds and you still have to back him down and be effective.
If the team doesnt need me to do that, Im not going to waste my time trying to bang [against] dudes and shoot turnaround jumpers and hook shots all night. Its going to be there sometimes, but Im just going to be all over the court. And because of that I think Ive become a much better player.
His biggest sacrifice, besides money?
Giving up shots, he said. Thats one thing Ive always wanted was to be where LeBron James and Dwyane Wade are. Thats always been a dream of mine.
I just have to put it on the backseat for the better of the team.
He was asked, during a quiet moment, how many times he has said to himself: I made the right decision to come here.
All the time, he said. I look at how my life has changed for the better, how this community has embraced me. And getting a taste of great basketball is a great thing.
Though Bosh was an All-Star five times in Toronto (and all three seasons in Miami), he said hes convinced he wouldnt be as good a player if he hadnt signed here.
To truly be a really good player, the things you do well, you have to do them in the playoffs during crunch-time situations, when its the toughest, he said.
And no Heat player was better in the clutch this season than Bosh. In the final five minutes of games with a margin of five points or fewer, Bosh shot 77 percent from the field (24 for 31).
The ESPN magazine show E:60 ran a profile on Bosh last week in which he said some people perceive him as being stuck up because hes quiet and reserved.
But the real Chris, according to his pregnant wife Adrienne, is a goofball and totally a geek who was a National Honor Society member at Lincoln High in Dallas and enrolled at Georgia Tech with visions of becoming an engineer.
Chris has never been OK with mediocre, his wife told ESPN.
And his game has been nothing of the sort this postseason.