Chris Bosh had 35 points in the Heat's 92-85 victory against the Cavaliers on Tuesday. Bosh has scored 30 or more points in three of his last five games. Of course, Dwyane Wade hasn't played during that stretch. After Tuesday's game, LeBron James said Bosh's level of confidence is the best thing to come out of the Wade's injury.
"You see a lot of good come out of some injuries," James said. "You never want any injury to our team but we seen what C.B. has done since the injury and he's back to playing like he was and getting the ball and just attacking, either with his jump shot or attacking the rim, which he did. He did pretty much everything he wanted to do in the fourth quarter tonight."
So, the obvious question is, how will Bosh adapt when Wade returns to the court? It will be an important question later this week. Wade appears to be on track to return to action for nationally televised games against the Knicks and Bulls on Friday and Sunday.
"Whatever the team needs me to do, I'm going to do," Bosh said. "We have guys on this team who need to fill specific roles and that's what makes a team.
"When Dwyane comes back I know that [shots are] going to go down quite a bit but I'm just trying to just be a good team player now and in the future."
Bosh agreed that being comfortable with his surroundings "has a lot to do with" his current hot streak. Specifically, the post play of James has helped Bosh find his place on the floor, which is 16 to 23 feet away from the basket where he can set up for an outlet pass and either drive to the basket or spot up for one of his silky smooth jump shots.
"Sometimes you can see things before they happen and sometimes the best move is that shot," Bosh said. "It's a good shot for the team and I just try to play team basketball."
Then Bosh added: "People say don't fall in love with it, but it loves me so I love it back."
The emphasis James and Wade have put on scoring near the basket has also allowed Bosh to extend his game to the three-point line, where he's shooting 30 percent this season.
"I think it's a good shot," Bosh said. "I practice it a lot and its something I can shoot with confidence, especially with Dwyane and LeBron being in the post a lot more and shooting less threes, I figure I can shoot more."
James agrees that Bosh has returned to his comfort zone in the Heat's retooled offense.
"I think it's confidence," James said. "It's who he was. I think he made the biggest adjustment with this whole situation."
James was asked a somewhat leading question on Tuesday if playing Cleveland is now like playing any other team. James offered an interesting answer. He said it's still emotional to play the Cavs but not for the reasons you might think. James said he enjoys playing the Cavs because he likes sharing the court with his old teammates.
"It's always going to be some emotion to that game no matter what," James said. "Just being out there playing alongside my old teammates. We have a lot of history together. A lot of battles -- postseason, regular season, everything. When you talk about chemistry, we had a lot of chemistry. So, it's always good to see them. It's always good to play against them. It reminds me of practice."