Now Bosh and the Heat get a chance for NBA Finals redemption.
Bosh called his return from injury “the biggest challenge that I ever had in my life, to make sure I stayed ready, so when the time did come, I could contribute instead of trying to get my legs under me and be a non-factor.”
Bosh had 19 points and eight rebounds and made 8 of 10 shots, including three three-pointers, in 31 minutes in Game 7.
“When you play like you don’t know there’s a tomorrow, you can play free,” he said. “That’s what I did.”
As a 6-11 center whose offensive game is often perimeter-based, “I know the stigmas and criticism that are out there,” he said. “I know I can go inside … but LeBron [ James] and Dwyane [ Wade] have it going so well, they need somebody to space the floor.”
Said Celtics guard Keyon Dooling: “Bosh has been a one option all of his career. What a third option to have on your team.”
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