It’s been two years since Chris Bosh last stepped onto an NBA court, the final Heat regular season game before the 2016 All-Star break. The blood clotting issue that prematurely ended his final two NBA seasons still exists, he has never been able to shake it to the satisfaction of NBA team doctors (in Miami or elsewhere). Eventually, he and the Heat came to an agreement to part ways.
“I’ve been in the gym. I can still play basketball. No, I’m not done yet. I’m trying to come back. Man, I see all these guys shooting 3-pointers and not playing defense, I got to get some of it.”
Bosh is 33 years old and will be 34 by the start of next season. He’s right, he was one of the first bigs to evolve his game into the direction the NBA has gone — he could step out and shoot threes, still get buckets and boards inside, and in Miami was one of the best pick-and-roll defending big men in the game. The Bosh of five years ago could still thrive in this NBA.
Will his body let him is another question. The blood clotting health issues are real and life-threatening. NBA teams try to avoid risk on major health issues such as this, it’s hard to imagine a team jumping in without extensive testing and clearances by doctors that may not be forthcoming. Secondarily, Bosh (an 11-time All-Star) been out of the game a couple of years, how much of a step has he lost?
It’s impossible not to admire Bosh’s love of the game and his desire to get back in it, to leave basketball on his terms. It’s also nearly impossible to see him playing in an NBA game again.
When Lance Stephenson gets a traveling call, he earns it (VIDEO)
Yes, guys get away with traveling in the NBA. James Harden on the step back (sometimes, not always), or guys sliding left/right to avoid a closeout at the arc and not bothering to dribble while they do it.
Lance Stephenson got called for traveling Sunday in the Pacers’ loss to the Cavaliers. In a game where Stephenson got under the skin of LeBron James and drew a technical (and tied him up for a jump ball at one point), this was the best Lance highlight of the game. Because if you’re going to travel, you should go all in.
Sunday night’s game between the Indiana Pacers and Cleveland Cavaliers was raucous. Bankers Life Fieldhouse was rocking, and despite Indiana’s best effort to put back seemingly every offensive board it encountered, LeBron James‘ 32 points was just too much to overcome.
Facing the possibility of going down 3-1 in the first round, the Cavaliers pulled out the win, 104-100, and sent the series back to Ohio for Game 5.
The game came down to the final period following a surge by the Pacers to end the third quarter. The teams were tied several times midway through the fourth, but a tip shot by Thaddeus Young wth 6:13 left gave the Pacers the lead as fans in Indiana went wild.
Cleveland then came roaring back. At the three-minute mark, James drove to the basket and scored. Thirty seconds later, Kyle Korver hit a big-time 3-pointer to put the Cavaliers up by four points, a mark the Pacers couldn’t recover from.
LeBron scored again with 1:52 left, and despite some weird late-game antics — featuring none other than Lance Stephenson — the Cavaliers were able to remain resolute down the stretch.
James finished with 32 points, 13 rebounds, and seven assists. Kyle Korver added 18 points on 4-of-9 shooting from deep, and Kevin Love had five points with 11 boards.
Victor Oladipo struggled for Indiana, scoring 17 points but shooting just 25 percent from the floor. Seven Pacers finished in double-digits, with Young notching an impressive double-double of 12 points and 16 rebounds.
Game 5 will be played in Cleveland on Wednesday, April 25.
Wizards beat Raptors in Game 4, tie series at 2-2 heading to Toronto
The Toronto Raptors were far and away the best team in the Eastern Conference this season. The Washington Wizards were … well, very Wizard-y.
So considering their regular seasons, the fact that Washington was able to tie the first round series between the two teams at 2 games apiece on Sunday is pretty astonishing.
Bradley Beal had 31 points and five rebounds for the Wizards while teammate John Wall added 27 points to go along with a whopping 14 assists. Washington shot an impressive 41 percent from 3-point range as four of five starters finished in double-digit scoring.
Despite Beal’s performance, it was Wall who saved the day for the Wizards. Beal was disqualified after fouling out with around five minutes to play in the fourth quarter. Beal didn’t agree with the call, and could be seen throwing a towel near the Washington bench.
For his part, Wall either scored or assisted on 10 of the Wizards’ final 14 points of the game. That helped stave off the likes of DeMar DeRozan, who led all scorers with 35 points.
The series heads back to Toronto for Game 5, which will be played on Wednesday, April 25.