In the Bonus: Bosh goes to work behind the arc

In the Bonus: Bosh goes to work behind the arc
March 19, 2014, 3:00 pm
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BOSTON — The memories of Miami's Chris Bosh raining down threes remain etched in the minds of many Celtics fans from Game 7 of the 2012 Eastern Conference finals, a game the Heat won on its way to the first of back-to-back NBA titles.

While Bosh had always shown an ability to score from the perimeter, he took his long range shooting prowess to another level that night with a trio of threes as part of an 18-point night while still on the mend from an abdominal injury.

Glimpses of being that good from three-point range have come up from time to time since, but this season has really been the first for the veteran forward where his "stretch 4" skills have been on display so consistently.

He comes into tonight's game against Boston having already made a career-high 60 three-pointers this season.

To put his improved three-point shooting in perspective, Bosh had a total of 57 made threes in his previous five seasons combined.

Bosh's eagerness to launch more three-pointers is simple. He's making them.

Last season, he shot 28.4 percent on threes but is up to 37.5 percent this season. Bosh hasn't shot that well from three-point range since he connected on 10-for-25 (40 percent) during the 2007-2008 season when he played for Toronto.

Back then, shot attempts were plentiful for the nine-time All-Star.

That's not the case in Miami where he has taken a back seat to LeBron James, a four time league MVP and Dwyane Wade, a three-time NBA champion and about as close to South Beach royalty as there is.

Bosh finds himself getting 12.1 field goal attempts per game this season, his fewest since his rookie season (2003-2004) in Toronto when he averaged 9.5.

However, fewer shots have not diminished the impact he has made this season. Last season, he averaged 16.6 points per game and this season, he's actually improved his scoring per game to 16.9.

And the three-point shot is a big reason for that.

Last season, 8.3 percent of Bosh's shots were threes.

This season?

He has more than doubled that, to 21 percent.

Having a 6-foot-11 big who can stretch the floor certainly gives the two-time NBA champions yet another weapon for opponents to worry about.

For Bosh, it's something that he thinks will pay off for him now and in the future.

“It’ll be something useful that’ll help me extend my career," Bosh told reporters earlier this season. "I just want to give different dynamics to my game and be as versatile as possible and continue to get better. That’s something I’ve improved on coming into this season and I’ve become a lot more comfortable with that shot. I’m gonna be open sometimes, so let it fly.”