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Rivers says if Chris Bosh is back Miami’s offense improves

Jun 4, 2012, 5:52 PM EDT

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Miami may have Chris Bosh back on Tuesday for Game 5.

It’s huge in a series where the Heat offense has struggled against a good Boston defense, because the Heat’s pick-and-roll is about to become a lot more dangerous. Right now the Heat have shown limited respect for the damage Shane Battier and Udonis Haslem can do after they set the pick, but Bosh is different. He can score.

Doc Rivers admitted it on a conference call Monday.

“(Bosh) helps (the Heat), because all the trapping we’re doing is harder because he stretches the floor,” Rivers said. “He’s long. We can close out on the ball and get a hand on the ball (when Battier or Haslem shoot). You can’t do that with Bosh. It will be more difficult.”

Miami may score more, but Boston has put up good scoring numbers on the Heat as well. At least they did until the second half of Game 4, when they put up just 28 points. How does the return of another big man in Bosh change the Heat’s plans?

“Oh I don’t know how much different it will be,” Rivers said. “Kevin will try to post up whoever they put out there and we’ll try to post him up.”

Rivers added that the Celtics have prepared as if Bosh was going to return every game, so nothing changes for them.

Other highlights from Rivers’ press conference.

• He said he thinks Paul Pierce’s knee is getting a littlie better, but that Ray Allen is just learning to play through the pain.

“I would say it’s 100 (of how they tolerate it)…” Rivers said. “I think in Ray’s case he’s just kind of resigned to this is what he has to play with.”

He added he think Allen has gotten his balance and quick release back.

• He said they need to keep Kevin Garnett in an offensive mindset, they need him to score. He also said he would like to keep Garnett’s minutes down, but the game sometimes dictates otherwise. (Miami gets into the paint far more when he is not there protecting it.”

• Rivers on LeBron James’ defense: “The only guy he hasn’t guarded is me.”

  1. 808raiderinparadise - Jun 4, 2012 at 6:12 PM

    Bosh is needed at this point. He isn’t amazing but he can hit the mid-range better than Haslem and gets to the FT line and makes em.

    MIA’s struggles have been scoring in streches and also defending KG, I think Bosh helps a bit in each area, enough to get a W at home in MIA.

    • paintman34 - Jun 4, 2012 at 6:40 PM

      anyone who can average 24 and 11 is amazing

      • andyhr17 - Jun 5, 2012 at 7:23 AM

        But seeing how we’re talking about Chris Bosh and he averages 18 and 8, HE isn’t.

    • andyhr17 - Jun 5, 2012 at 10:07 AM

      Apparently the two people who thumbed this down don’t believe in a thing called statistics…

      • southbeachtalent - Jun 5, 2012 at 11:01 AM

        Actually he’s 20 and 9 for his career.

      • andyhr17 - Jun 5, 2012 at 11:12 AM

        You mean the bulk of his career when he was the only scoring option on a poor team?

  2. buffalowned - Jun 4, 2012 at 6:27 PM

    even if bosh is a little rusty and doesn’t play his normal minutes he could have a huge impact. just his presence on the court will prevent boston from double teaming wade or lebron. they will be able to run pick and rolls more successfully and he does get to the line and shoot ft’s very well. he’s not gonna shut down kg by any means but he is a better option than anyone they have put on him and he will be able to grab some much needed rebounds.

  3. acdc363 - Jun 4, 2012 at 6:52 PM

    I agree.

  4. blueblood86 - Jun 4, 2012 at 6:55 PM

    Celts will win with or without Bosh spice!
    Then LeFROUD will make another excuse.

    • Deathmask - Jun 4, 2012 at 7:31 PM

      What does that even mean?

    • angulocarlos1 - Jun 4, 2012 at 8:25 PM

      Lol, god I enjoy uneducated statements. Thank you. Cheers!

  5. joshshaine - Jun 4, 2012 at 7:08 PM

    I think Rivers is begging Miami to reactivate Bosh, because he thinks it will be easier to beat the Heat with Bosh than without him.

    • Kurt Helin - Jun 4, 2012 at 9:34 PM

      He’d be wrong.

      • j0esixpack - Jun 4, 2012 at 10:50 PM

        I guess that depends on how nagging that injury is. I’ll give the guy credit for even contemplating playing.

      • buffalowned - Jun 4, 2012 at 11:12 PM

        apparently he told the team he was ready to play 10 days ago. based on the importance of the games they have been playing i doubt they would bring him back if he wasn’t ready. been a little over 3 weeks if he gets through this game fine he should be alright the rest of the way

    • southbeachtalent - Jun 5, 2012 at 11:02 AM

      You think wrong. How can a guy that creates space be easier to beat?

  6. mydadyourmom - Jun 4, 2012 at 7:47 PM

    LeFroud!! Hhhhhhwwwhhhat?

  7. lemfax - Jun 4, 2012 at 8:48 PM

    Looks like my Spurs vs Miami final showdown is fading:(

    • canehouse - Jun 4, 2012 at 10:10 PM

      The HEAT are not fading away… it’s a dog fight… and Miami will bite big time tomorrow night… as will your Spurs in the 2nd half tonight.

  8. dnbajunkie - Jun 5, 2012 at 12:39 AM

    Yes, he is an efficient basketball player. However, he is no condition to play play-off basketball right now after being side lined for almost 2 weeks, and might just throw off the Heat’s offensive rhythm. Doc Rivers is a fox, he knows this and will exploit it at both ends of the court, that’s why he’s encouraging the issue right now.

  9. canehouse - Jun 5, 2012 at 1:35 AM

    Even if Bosh gives 20 minutes in his first game back… it will be a well needed boost on and off the court. LET’S GO HEAT!!!

  10. rodge1 - Jun 5, 2012 at 9:07 AM

    Celtic fans are hilarious. The same people who celebrated the signings of Jermaine O’neal & Troy Murphy in the past are now trashing Bosh. You guys are great! Keep it up, your fear & bitterness makes the day much better.

    • infectorman - Jun 5, 2012 at 11:46 AM

      what the eff are you even talking about??
      No one I know celebrated signing Jermaine Oneal. And i know ahelluvalot more Boston fans than you….
      Zip it with your view on Boston from 1000 miles away.
      You know nothing!

  11. lakerluver - Jun 5, 2012 at 10:59 AM

    I hate Boston but I hate the Heatles even more. And, at least I respect Boston. Therefore, GO CELTICS!!

  12. scalfor3 - Jun 5, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    bosh coming back helps the heat, but he will be rusty. dude hasnt played in 3 weeks. just being on the floor helps cause you have to respect his mid-range, but he’ll be far from the 18 and 8 guy from the regular season

  13. rodge1 - Jun 5, 2012 at 12:05 PM


    LOL!… Yes, keep it coming. Your fear & anger fuel my day. I look forward to reading your future excuses. What will it be, the refs again? Or will the excuse be the NBA-conspiracy one?… Both classics

  14. rodge1 - Jun 5, 2012 at 12:07 PM


    And just because you and your friends in Revere didn’t celebrate O’neal, doesn’t mean the rest of Boston didn’t.

    • infectorman - Jun 5, 2012 at 1:57 PM

      you’ve made me chuckle rodgy rodge…

      you should know, there is no fear or bitterness here. If they win they win and if they lose they lose. I just sincerely hope the zebras don’t become the story – in either direction.
      Word is JerLame wants to come and play with the Heat now, anyway

  15. lakerluver - Jun 5, 2012 at 4:18 PM

    Boston in 6. The “Heatles” are gonna go down as the biggest frauds since Milli Vanilli!!

  16. lakerluver - Jun 6, 2012 at 12:08 AM

    Told you. Over in 6.

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