Chris Bosh was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week (Dec 30)
MIAMI, FL – The NBA announced today that Miami HEAT forward Chris Bosh was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week for games played Monday, December 23, through Sunday, December 29. This marks the 50th time in franchise history a HEAT player has earned Player of the Week honors and the eighth time Bosh has earned the honor in his career.
Bosh led the HEAT to a 3-1 record after averaging 22.3 points, 8.0 rebounds, 1.75 blocks, 1.25 steals and 1.0 assists while shooting 54.4 percent from the field, 42.9 percent from three-point range and 92.3 percent from the foul line. He posted two double-doubles and led the team in scoring, rebounds and blocks twice and in steals and minutes once each. Bosh has currently shot at least 50 percent from the field in his last nine consecutive games, one shy from tying the longest such streak of his career. Additionally, his has scored 20+ points in five of his past eight games, resulting in all HEAT wins.
Bosh led off the week posting 11 points, four rebounds, a game- and season-high four blocks and two steals in a 121-119 overtime win vs. Atlanta, a game in which he left and then returned after receiving eight stitches in his mouth from an inadvertent elbow. In the Christmas Day match-up in Los Angeles against the Lakers, he posted a 23-point, 11-rebound double-double, helping the HEAT to a 101-95 win and improving Miami to a perfect 5-0 record against the Lakers on Christmas Day. Bosh then recorded 18 points, seven rebounds, a game-high three blocks and an assist in a 108-103 loss at Sacramento. On the second night of a back-to-back set at Portland, he scored a game- and season-high 37 points on 15-of-26 from the field (.577), including a perfect 3-of-3 from three-point range and a perfect 4-of-4 from the line while also grabbing 10 boards and hitting the game-winning three-point field goal to give the HEAT a 108-107 victory.
Among league leaders this season, Bosh ranks 14th in field goal percentage (.530) and tied for 27th in blocks per game (1.17).