Reporting Tim Kephart
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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Much of the blame for the Miami Heat’s recent struggles has fallen on the shoulders of LeBron James. But it’s another member of the Big Three who’s gone MIA on the court.
Power forward Chris Bosh went from playing superb basketball for much of the month of January to being almost invisible since the calendar turned to February. His performance in Wednesday’s loss to the Magic was consistent with his recent poor play.
Bosh played 37 minutes against the Magic and scored a total of 12 points on 5-13 shooting, but he did pull down nine rebounds in the game.
Bosh’s scoring has declined in recent games, even though he is averaging 19.2 points per game.
In the last five games, Bosh hasn’t scored more than 15 points in any single game and he only managed a total of nine points against the Milwaukee Bucks in a loss.
During that time span, he’s shooting barely 40 percent from the field and in those games he’s shot as poorly as 23 percent in a win over the Toronto Raptors.
Bosh went from averaging just fewer than 22 points per game in January to just 12 points per game in February.
For the season, Bosh is shooting 51 percent and pulling down 7.8 rebounds, 2 assists and nearly a block per game in 36 minutes of action.
But until Bosh starts to regain the play he had from several months ago, it’s going to increase the pressure on Dwyane Wade and LeBron James to score even more, which is not always a good thing for the Heat.