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Chris Bosh officially a game-time decision. But he’ll play.

Jun 5, 2012, 12:21 PM EDT

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From the moment word started to leak out that Chris Bosh could play in Game 5, you knew the Heat would try to play it down. You expected coach Erik Spoelstra to say exactly what he did at Tuesday shootaround — Bosh is a game time decision.

But you can bet your rent money that Bosh will play Tuesday night.

Here is the quote from Spoelstra, via Ben Gordon of Blazers Edge and Eye on Basketball.

“That will be a game-time decision. He was able to go through a workout yesterday and a shootaround today. We have to continue to evaluate. We’ll let you know tonight when we know… The last two days he’s been able to do real basketball work.”

LeBron James said Bosh had looked good in workouts the past couple days.

The real keys here are Bosh went through shootaround with the team and did real basketball work the last couple days. Combine that with this being a key Game 5 and you can bet he will be back on the court Tuesday night.

And that is huge for the Heat’s offense. Doc Rivers said Monday that Boston would be ready, that they have prepared for every game like he would return.

  1. baron30 - Jun 5, 2012 at 12:55 PM

    i think ppl are overlooking how the time off will hurt Bosh as he returns to the lineup. We have seen the problems the Heat have had at utilizing all of their “Big 3.” Now you throw in an extended lay-off on top of a presser pack playoff series making it harder for lebron and d-wade to pull in the reigns of their own games at this point to maximize the teams performance.

    Also, i would imagine it will be a few games before Bosh “trusts” his body to fully extend his body, rebound and dunk like he normally would w.out thinking about pulling that abdominal again.

    • sellahh - Jun 5, 2012 at 1:04 PM

      couldn’t possibly agree more

    • trybe29dr - Jun 5, 2012 at 2:04 PM

      Quite possibly the dumbest thing ive ever heard…wishful thinking my friend…

    • gmen4life33 - Jun 5, 2012 at 3:37 PM

      Yea, I really rally dont like the MIA Heat, but that is wishful thinking. LBJ/Wade coming back from an injury would throw things off for them, but not Bosh. Bosh doesnt have plays called for him, and doesnt go iso or try to create his own shot (unless its there). He cleans up and takes advantage when Defenses leave him open, by spotting up or rolling to basket for easy 2.

      Bosh doesnt have to come back and be the Bosh in TOR who had to carry team, he just has to be a better version of Haslem. Timing will be a non issue (for most part) since offense will continue to go thru LBJ/Wade and Bosh will just have to spot up and hit his shots (he shot highest FG% for 2 pt jump shots in leage, and led MIA in 4th quarter FG%).

      Hate the Heat, but really like Bosh and his attitude. He is a glue guy who does whatever the team needs that game, and will fit right in if he is indeed healthy enough to play.

  2. rodge1 - Jun 5, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    Glad he’s back, definitely need him against KG. Also looking forward to see if Norris Cole can continue good defense on Rondo, was a nice surprise last game.

    • duane888 - Jun 5, 2012 at 1:45 PM

      I’ve said from the beginning Cole should have been starting against Rondo. Chalmers can’t play defense. All year long he’s been exposed.

      • southbeachtalent - Jun 5, 2012 at 2:04 PM

        Re-evaluate that statement. Chalmers has had great games, Cole is still a liability.

      • duane888 - Jun 5, 2012 at 2:18 PM

        Every game during regular season & playoffs Rondo has torched The Heat. Lebron has had to cover Pierce, then had to switch to Rondo ?? Where is Chalmers defense ??

      • southbeachtalent - Jun 5, 2012 at 3:20 PM

        And you think Cole will do any better? He would get schooled. Fact is the only players that can cover Rondo are either Wade or LeBron.

        Rondo scored 44 and they still lost. We need to limit KG and Pierce.

        And beyond all, we need to hit our freakin free-throws!!

  3. emaimo80 - Jun 5, 2012 at 1:04 PM

    Watch out Boston, you guys are in real trouble if bosh is healthy!

    • cosmicatomic - Jun 5, 2012 at 1:18 PM

      Except Chris Bosh isn’t healthy.

  4. bozosforall - Jun 5, 2012 at 1:14 PM

    Won’t mattter who wins this series…the NBA champion is coming out of the West, the better conference.

    • duane888 - Jun 5, 2012 at 1:44 PM

      Better according to who ??

      • bozosforall - Jun 5, 2012 at 7:53 PM

        Better according to the fact that the West won the last three titles. Sorry, but that’s the facts.

    • southbeachtalent - Jun 5, 2012 at 2:05 PM

      That’s what they said about the East last year..

      • bozosforall - Jun 5, 2012 at 7:55 PM

        The last three NBA champions were from the West…and 9 of the last 12 in this century.

    • j0esixpack - Jun 5, 2012 at 2:29 PM

      It’s all gravy for Celtics fans at this point – they weren’t expected to make it out of the first round of the playoffs, let alone challenge for the East title.

      But it’ll be fun to see a certain gay-bashing retard-mocking clown eat crow if his prediction of a Spurs-Heat Championship results in one of his all time Epic Fails.

      • bozosforall - Jun 5, 2012 at 7:57 PM

        Gravy? What a joke your weak spin on this is. Given that the Bulls lost their superstar and the Sixers basically laid down in the end for your team, challenging for the East title got extremely easy for your aging team. The only FAIL will be yet another New England/Boston team going down in the playoffs this year.

      • j0esixpack - Jun 5, 2012 at 9:02 PM

        You’ve already failed clown.

        Judging by the number of thumbs down you get, you’re the only one who thinks its funny to mock the retarded.

    • aboogy123456 - Jun 5, 2012 at 3:41 PM

      Yea the West is a much better conference as a WHOLE, but that does not mean the best team in the league is necessarily in the West.

      • bozosforall - Jun 5, 2012 at 7:59 PM

        In this case, just like the last three years, the best team IS in the West.

  5. daniel10017 - Jun 5, 2012 at 1:22 PM

    Press Conference in Miami Friday June 8th: Eric Spoelstra fired as head coach, we are pleased to announce the hiring of Phil Jackson as our new coach.

  6. ceschatz - Jun 5, 2012 at 1:44 PM

    @Bozosforall.
    You post the same lame comment on every blog about the Heat. Get over it, your Lakers are washed up and done.

    • bleedgreen4life - Jun 5, 2012 at 9:55 PM

      Incorrect. Bozo hates Boston because Delonte West banged his mom when he played for them a few years ago. He’s struggling to get over it.

  7. trybe29dr - Jun 5, 2012 at 2:12 PM

    Everyone needs to get over the fact the heat are a great team. Anyone who tells you they dont wanna see miami in the finals against okc is either a celtics fan, a spurs fan, or a delusional hater that doesnt know how truly entertaining that series would be…get over it people. We get it…you hate james and anything he does…is your hatred so deep that you basically rather have the old ass boring celtics in a final they dont stand a chance in than the heat who would at the very least be entertaining?

  8. paulhargis53 - Jun 5, 2012 at 2:46 PM

    Bozo sounds like a former friend of mine.
    Thinks he’s too smart for the room and is proved wrong at every turn. Behaves Luke a petulant child when his teams lose.

    You almost have to feel sorry for a person like that. Empty life when his sports teams fold up. Pathetic existance.

  9. packhawk04 - Jun 5, 2012 at 3:09 PM

    If i was spoelstra, this would actually be a tough call. This is game 5 at home. You CANNOT lose this game. Bosh is a great player no doubt, but one that hasnt played in awhile. You need this game, and messing around with a player that you dont know what youre going to get from could potentially be a bad move.

    • southbeachtalent - Jun 5, 2012 at 3:17 PM

      I’m sure he wont be used for more than 15-20 min tops.

  10. chicagofan - Jun 5, 2012 at 3:46 PM

    Bosh will likely reinjure himself in game 5 or 6 and will not be available for a game 7 or the next round.

  11. lakerluver - Jun 5, 2012 at 6:54 PM

    BOZOSFORALL, speaks the truth, the East sucks!! It’s not about the LAKERS not being in it. After all, they can’t win it every year!! However, if you can’t see the Spurs and Thunder are both better than anything the East has to offer you’re as blind as Ray Charles. 1 superstar, 1 rapidly fading former superstar, 1 star, and 9 scrubs can’t beat a great TEAM in a 7 game series.

  12. paulhargis53 - Jun 5, 2012 at 7:23 PM

    Lakerluver: Congrats, you just described the Lakers! Don’t try to pass this off as it ” not being about the Lakers”.

    Anyone that can read can see the jealously dripping off your posts.
    You’re team isn’t in it anymore, why would you comment?
    You can’t help yourself, you and your ilk are petty and immature.
    It IS all about the Lakers not being in it. It’s just eating you up too.
    Get used to mediocrity- Lakers will be there a long time. Kobe and his 30 mil a year will see to that.

  13. paulhargis53 - Jun 5, 2012 at 9:54 PM

    Bozo, knows all about “going down”. Kobe says he’s the best at it….

  14. lakerluver - Jun 6, 2012 at 12:05 AM

    Down goes Miami, down goes Miami!! The greatest frauds since Vanilla Ice!!!!!

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