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Report: Heat to activate Chris Bosh for Game 5

Jun 4, 2012, 2:27 AM EDT

Miami Heat forward Bosh stands near bench during Eastern Conference Finals NBA basketball playoffs in Miami Reuters

Miami has sorely missed Chris Bosh. They could use his size on defense to create problems for Kevin Garnett. Their pick-and-roll desperately misses him because right now nobody respects the pick setter, everyone can focus on Dwyane Wade or LeBron James.

But Miami may not have to wait much longer.

There is a report that Bosh is expected to suit up Tuesday in Miami, from Brian Windhost of ESPN:

According to multiple sources, the Heat are hoping to activate Chris Bosh for Tuesday’s Game 5 if he doesn’t suffer a setback in workouts over the next two days. Bosh declined to discuss his status following the Heat’s 93-91 overtime loss to the Boston Celtics on Sunday, which tied the series at 2-2.

Don’t expect the Heat to confirm this, they will not say a thing until just before Game 5. Bosh was has been out with a strained abdominal since May 13. He has been working out with team trainers and assistant coaches but has not yet been cleared to play and he has not even practiced with the team.

This will be a huge boost for the Heat, who now find themselves tied with the Celtics. Will re-integrating Bosh into the lineup slow the Heat for a while? How will he perform after the time off?

Lots of questions, but the bottom line is the Heat are just better with him on the court.

  1. p1nch3dloaf - Jun 4, 2012 at 3:26 AM

    No worries…the refs will see to it that the Miami Weep go back to Boston up 3-2.

    • southbeachtalent - Jun 4, 2012 at 9:53 AM

      So we’ll be able to pass the ball from the second row like Ray Allen did? Sweet!!

  2. muhangis - Jun 4, 2012 at 3:36 AM

    Either way, Stern & his ref cronies will do their best w/ or w/o Bosh to make sure that the Mommy in Heat basketball team are in the Finals. Game 4 today was simply to weather the storm, but rest assured they will be back at it now.

  3. mungman69 - Jun 4, 2012 at 6:33 AM

    Stop crying about the refs, children.

  4. mungman69 - Jun 4, 2012 at 6:36 AM

    Bosh may be back in game 5 but how many games will it take him to get into basketball shape?

    • florida727 - Jun 4, 2012 at 8:52 AM

      “This will be a huge boost for the Heat…”

      In game 6. It’ll have a nice psychological boost in Game 5, his ability to command respect as the pick-setter (as mentioned) will help, but the real impact will be the next game, not this one upcoming. I agree with “mungman”, without even practicing with the team, his timing will be off, and his stamina has to be effected. It’ll take a game to get back to “normal”. They won’t need him in Miami. They’ll need him back in Boston.

  5. wherezwaldo - Jun 4, 2012 at 6:59 AM

    Jurassic Park must be done filming.

  6. jh4prez - Jun 4, 2012 at 7:29 AM

    Spoelstra is getting his behind handed to him by doc but it still cant make up for the dif in talent miami has over the C’s when bosh gets back.this is over in 6.

    • datkiidjc - Jun 4, 2012 at 7:55 AM

      all that talent ?? its a 2 man show … at times 1

      • southbeachtalent - Jun 4, 2012 at 9:54 AM

        No talent on the C’s huh?
        3 sure fire hall of famers, and one of the best PG’s in the game.

        Get a clue buddy..

      • kappneffect - Jun 4, 2012 at 10:41 AM

        @southbeachtalent ….very certain the statement was ” dif in talent” . Explain how that means no talent?

        Think it over.

    • duane888 - Jun 4, 2012 at 12:29 PM

      I said the same thing after game 2, that Spoelstra is being out coached.

      This reminds me of the LA Lakers with Shaq & Kobe with Rambus coaching. They get rid of him & get Jackson, then frustration stops and championship rings start piling in.

  7. cantonbound13 - Jun 4, 2012 at 8:08 AM

    Mr. Softee is in town

  8. 700levelvet - Jun 4, 2012 at 8:33 AM

    If he does return……Are they going to have another pep rally to announce it?

    • florida727 - Jun 4, 2012 at 8:53 AM

      Not another pep rally. Not 2 pep rallies. Not 3. Not 4. Not 5…

      • kappneffect - Jun 4, 2012 at 10:52 AM

        hahahaha…. clowns.

  9. acdc363 - Jun 4, 2012 at 9:22 AM

    florida727 and 700levelvet LOL those jokes will never get old to me

  10. redblue560 - Jun 4, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    If the heat are struggling to beat the celtics, how are they going to compete against the Thunder or Spurs? Let Bosh heal and prepare for the next level.

    Spurs or more likely Thunder will be the champion because of their bench. Maybe I am the only one but it looks like Perkins lost some weight, he does not look sluggish defending inside the paint zone.

  11. abchome - Jun 4, 2012 at 9:43 AM

    Poor Bosh, he’ll be blamed for the Heat not making the Finals this year…

  12. Kansachusetts - Jun 4, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    Bosh has never been a problem for Garnett. If anything, his return will take points away from Chalmers, who has looked very good.

    Yeah, the Celtics might not be able to lob it in to Garnett at will with Bosh in there, but they didn’t do that much in game 4 anyway.

    Miami takes game 5 and Boston takes game 6 regardless of whether Bosh plays. Game 7 depends entirely on Boston. If they lose focus and do one of their swan-dives again, luck is unlikely to help them. If they keep their foot on the pedal, the Heat can’t stop them.

    • borderline1988 - Jun 4, 2012 at 1:11 PM

      Bosh commands respect on the pick and roll and on penetration though.

      Think about when Rondo drives, how difficult it is to defend him because he passes to the open jump shooter, and Pierce, Garnett, Allen and Bass are all great jump shooters.
      That’s why Boston gets penetration so easily and shooters are often open.

      But when a Miami player drivess, unless there’s a cutter to the basket, the only shooters available are in the corners. And not only has Battier, Miller, Jones, etc. been shooting the 3 poorly, none of them can put the ball on the floor if they are being closed out.
      Haslem also is playing terribly. Remember the Pacers game? When Miami’s jump-shooters are hitting their shots, they become impossible to defend, because Boston has a harder time over-loading the paint.

      When Bosh plays, as long as he’s hitting his FT line jumpers, it will restrict Garnett from helping out on Wade and Lebron. B/c let’s face it, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce cannot check Lebron and Wade.
      Well, that’s the hope anyways.

  13. lakerluver - Jun 4, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    The giraffe to the rescue!! Does it even matter, the East sucks!! Crown the Spurs or Okc your 2012 NBA Champs.

    • bozosforall - Jun 4, 2012 at 1:25 PM

      Indeed. The West is the best.

  14. duane888 - Jun 4, 2012 at 12:24 PM

    “…. right now nobody respects the pick setter,…”

    They should Wade setting the pick, the C’s will be in foul trouble all game.

    • borderline1988 - Jun 4, 2012 at 6:11 PM

      Ya – Spoelstra supposedly is a very well respected coach around the league, but the lack of creativity in the Heat’s offensive sets is surprising (don’t cough it up to the Celtic’s defense; this has been true since last year).

      Wade setting a pick for Lebron (or even Chalmers) would be an interesting idea.

      More importantly though, the Heat need to have Lebron and Wade cut to the basket more often. The Heat run the same pick & roll plays every time, with shooters waiting in the corners. It’s become very predictable.
      Why not have Wade attacking more, with Lebron cutting hard to the basket?? Too often, Lebron camps out to the left of the basket, a few feet away from the 3 pt line. When Lebron cuts to the basket, it puts a huge strain on the defense b/c he’s unstoppable once he has the ball and is steaming towards the basket. You’d have to be nuts to take a charge against that guy.

  15. suhnum1fan - Jun 4, 2012 at 1:38 PM

    I hope the C’s attack Bosh’s ribs

    • caseybojangles - Jun 4, 2012 at 1:50 PM

      awesome post…while we’re at it…i hope pittman cold cocks rondo with a overhead right…


    • bozosforall - Jun 4, 2012 at 8:58 PM

      Only losers wish injurious conduct on other players. You are no true fan…yet another joke of a fan rooting for Boston.

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