During the Raptors previous game against the Bobcats on Wednesday, Chris Bosh started the game shooting a sizzling 8-8 from the field and 4-4 from the charity stripe while scoring 20 of Toronto’s first 32 points.
He finished the game with a game high 39 points while shooting 15-20 from the field and 9-10 from the charity stripe.
“I thought down the stretch Emeka (Okafur) guarded him about as well as you can,” Charlotte head coach Larry Brown told reporters following the game. “He was having one of those games. He got a bounce in the first half after he made seven in a row. It looked like God took care of him. And then that lob play I thought the ball was almost thrown out of the gym and he just sort of guided it. I told my bench that I think I’ve seen him have a lot of great games but this was one of the special games.”
With NBA defenders unable to stop him the elevator at Bosh’s condo attempted to give it a try.
Yes, you read that right: Bosh was trapped in the elevator of his own condo for nearly 50 minutes tonight while on his way to the Air Canada Centre.
Despite Bosh being thrown off his pregame routine and not arriving at the arena until less than a hour before the opening tip, he still managed to flirt with a triple-double and finished with 30 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists and three blocks.
“I got stuck in the elevator and that kind of threw me off for the whole game,” Bosh told the media between laughs. “Well, not for the whole game, just my little pre-game routine I do. I was heading to the game, stopped, sat and reflected on life and then just chilled until they finally got us out of there.”
Hoops Addict joked with Bosh about whether getting stuck in an elevator could become a new pre-game routine after flirting with a triple-double tonight.
He wasn’t having any of that idea.
“Get stuck in an elevator all the time? Naw, I’m good, I’ll stick with the usual things,” Bosh told Hoops Addict while grinning from ear-to-ear. “Today was just a good night and I’ll do without that from now on, hopefully. I know one thing, if that elevator opens again I’m not getting on.”
When asked to further expand on the ordeal, Bosh soaked up the moment while continuing to joke with reporters.
“You know how it’s cracked open a bit? I could see out a bit but my superhuman strength wasn’t working today. You’ve (just) got to take it in stride.”
There aren’t many people who would take getting caught in an elevator on the 28th floor of a building in stride. Most people would suffer some anxiety and stress over being late for their 9-to-5 gig. Throw in the fact that nearly 20,000 fans in the arena and countless more watching on television were anticipating a big fame for the franchise player and most people would be overwhelmed with the situation.
Not Bosh, he was his normal relaxed self.
“I didn’t go down too long and then (the elevator) just stopped. It’s like the stuff you see in the movies and that you laugh at people with people about.”
Unfortunately for Atlanta it was Bosh who got the last laugh tonight as he scorched the Hawks while once again putting up MVP caliber numbers. At least the Hawks can take solace in the fact it’s nothing personal since Bosh is second in the NBA in scoring (27.7 points per game) and sixth in rebounding (10.6 rebounds per game).
With NBA defenders and now an elevator unable to stop Bosh, what’s next? It appears the only hope for the rest of the NBA could be a nasty Canadian snow storm which prevents Bosh from suiting up to play in a game.
Luckily for Raptors fans the team will be in sunny California this weekend when Toronto is predicted to get dumped with over 20 centimetres of snow.
Photo Credit: ICON Sports Media