“Rebound Bosh. Back out to Allen. His 3 pointer. BANG!” This was without question the biggest shot in NBA history. The one that Ray Allen had worked his whole life for. And when push came to shove, he was ready.
What Allen did was amazing, and he deserves all the praise for it. But I’ve always felt like Chris Bosh didn’t get enough credit his efforts that led to Ray-Ray’s legendary three-pointer.
Here’s a quick reminder of the whole sequence. The Heat were down three with the shot clock turned off and have run a play for their go-to guy LeBron James. Coming off Bosh’s screen, James got the ball on the left-wing and pulled up for a three. Unfortunately for Miami fans, the ball bounced off the left side of the rim.
All the Spurs had to do was to grab a rebound, and they would’ve been crowned as the ’13 NBA champions. They were only one rebound away from handing the Big Three their second finals loss in three years. Who knows what would’ve happened with the group if one of San Antonio’s players grabbed the ball as it bounced off the rim. But they didn’t. Instead, it ended up in Chris Bosh’s hands. He kicked it out to Ray Allen, and boom-the rest is history.
Just how close were the Spurs to the NBA championship? Well, they were up by 5 with 30 seconds left on the clock, and the yellow rope for their trophy presentation had already been placed around the court. Bear in mind the game was played in Miami. So it wasn’t a moment of bias towards the home team. There was simply no one in that building who taught such comeback was possible. But the Heat pulled it off by the power of Jesus Shuttlesworth and their unsung hero Chris Bosh.
Bosh spoke about the sequence a few times since it took place, but never in a way, as he did responding to New York-based writer Jeff Eisenband. The latter tweeted out a challenge for people to “describe your favorite sports moment, as boring as possible” and Chris Bosh responded to it, hilariously downplaying the biggest moment of his NBA career.
Putting it that way, it does sound pretty basic. But it wasn’t, not in such a high-pressure situation. Gregg Popovich did make it a little bit easier for him, leaving Tim Duncan on the bench, and having no one on the floor taller than 6-8. But it doesn’t make Bosh’s efforts any less impressive.
That’s why, when talking about the all-time great shot by Ray Allen, the all-time great rebound by Bosh has to be mentioned. It surely is an underrated part of a historical sequence.