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Heat-Celtics Game 5: Bosh will be the difference, not Rondo

Jun 5, 2012, 1:09 PM EDT

Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh react following Wade's game winning shot against the Indiana Pacers during overtime of their NBA basketball game in Miami Reuters

No doubt, Rajon Rondo has been fantastic against the Heat in the Eastern Conference finals. He had a 44-point game, he dropped 15 and 15 on Miami in Game 4 and led Boston to even the series. For Celtics fans wanting to be convinced he was the bridge to a strong future, he has been that and more.

But Boston’s offense has not been dominant in this series — they averaged 93.9 points per 100 possessions against the Heat last game (worse than every team’s regular-season average save the Bobcats) and scored just 28 points in the second half. They won that game because of their defense.

And that’s why Chris Bosh will be the story of Game 5 — all signs point to him playing and he rapidly improves everything the Heat do on offense. He may be rusty to start, but just his presence changes things. Miami is back home and will put up plenty of points in Game 5, numbers Boston will be hard pressed to match.

No matter what my NBC Sports Network colleagues think, Bosh is the key, not Rondo to Game 5.

(UPDATE: Bosh might have more on his mind than just basketball, with the news out that a masseuse died at his house.)

It’s been obvious all series — when Kevin Garnett is off the floor suddenly LeBron James and Dwyane Wade are on an open highway to the rim. And not some East Coast toll road either, this is a California six-lane super highway. Nobody gets in their way and the Heat make runs. Garnett has been the guy at the heart of keeping Wade in check (well, that and Wade’s knee).

However, Garnett cannot help off Bosh the same way he helps off Udonis Haslem or any of the other Heat big men — Bosh will knock down the shot and make him pay. Garnett and the other Celtics big men will have much tougher decisions to make on help rotations.

Don’t just take my word for it.

“(Bosh) helps (the Heat), because all the trapping we’re doing is harder because he stretches the floor,” Celtics coach Doc Rivers said in a Monday press conference. “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.”

Right now, Wade or LeBron come off the high pick and Boston shows no respect to the roll man — that changes, because Bosh can both roll or pop out and score. Even if he’s rusty to start, you can’t just leave him. And that opens up everything for two of the best attacking wings in the game.

Miami has really only played near their peak in spurts these playoffs, but when the Heat felt their backs were against the wall, they have stepped up. This is a backs-against-the-wall game, and the Heat their trio back.

We’ll hear about how Boston is a scrappy, veteran team — and they are, this will not be easy — but Wade and Haslem have rings, LeBron has been to two NBA finals, and this is not an inexperienced Heat team.

The Heat have fought through nine games without Bosh and won enough to keep moving on, but they were not themselves. You get a feeling Game 5 is the kind of place they show up on fire — particularly on defense. That is where it shows when they relax. Miami can’t do that Tuesday night.

We know Boston will bring its fire, we know Rondo will play well, we know what they can do. If Miami doesn’t bring its “A” game, Boston will have the chance to close this series out at home. But Bosh makes it easier on the Heat to be the team they need to be. Much easier.

  1. infectorman - Jun 5, 2012 at 1:26 PM

    reading only the Headline and nothing else, I knew immediately it was a Helin article.

    Hey Helin, your Heat underoos are showing!

    • bozosforall - Jun 5, 2012 at 7:44 PM

      Heat underoos? Guess Kurt would rather wear those than the Celtic diapers that you Boston crybabies wear every day.

      • j0esixpack - Jun 5, 2012 at 7:53 PM

        Ouch! Talk about a hurtful comment.

        With a dry, cool wit like that, you could be an action hero!

      • bozosforall - Jun 5, 2012 at 8:02 PM

        Too bad I couldn’t care less what you think, joesuxd!ck. I guess you will just have to make do with the Tom Brady action figure that you use to pleasure yourself every night.

      • j0esixpack - Jun 5, 2012 at 11:34 PM

        Spurs down 2-3

        Heat down 2-3

        Karma might be trying to tell bozo it ain’t cool to make fun of retarted people.

      • bozosforall - Jun 6, 2012 at 2:33 PM

        Karma has nothing to do with anything. The claims by so many Boston fans earlier in the series that the refs were controlling who wins would be a better explanation.

    • infectorman - Jun 6, 2012 at 12:13 AM

      he was such a difference…
      Helin, are you a journalist or a just a fan-boy?

      Heat’s half-court offense look like a game at Kiley Park down at the beach. What a clusterf@ck
      They NEED Bosh…

  2. joestemme - Jun 5, 2012 at 1:46 PM

    So, an INJURED Bosh is gonna make that big a difference?

    A healthy Bosh meant a 3-1 Season advantage for the Celtics over the Heat in the regular season.

  3. dgbk - Jun 5, 2012 at 1:47 PM

    if im the celts i still play off bosh…. strongly doubt he is goinf to come back and knock down everything… lebron and wade gettin dunks and easy lay ups energize the team and the crowd… 20 ft jumpers from bosh wont

    • florida727 - Jun 5, 2012 at 3:27 PM

      “Bosh can both roll or pop out and score. Even if he’s rusty to start, you can’t just leave him.”

      “dgbk”, is exactly right. Bosh MAY have an impact on tonight’s game, but keeping LeBron and Wade in-check will still be the main objective of the Celtics. Nobody gets hyped over a 20-footer. Throw a few down and the place goes ballistic… and the energy level goes up. I’d take my chances and let Bosh be the guy to beat me from 20-feet. Rondo is still the key to the game, and he will be the rest of the series. As he goes, the Celtics go.

    • gmen4life33 - Jun 5, 2012 at 3:50 PM

      “20 ft jumpers from bosh wont”

      See, this is the type of disrespect Bosh gets for no reason. I just commented on a diff article that Bosh shot the highest FG% for 2 pt Jump Shots in the LEAGUE this year. Yes, higher than Dirk or Durant. He also shot the best 4th Quarter FG% on the entire Heat team this year, Yes, higher than Wade/Lebron.

      I know part of why both those stats are true is because Bosh is unselfish and ONLY takes oen shots, which keeps his % higher. But still, have no idea why fans think of Bosh as a scrub. Giving open 20 ft jumpers to Bosh will = a Cs loss everytime.

      And I hate the Heat more than you can imagine, but dont understand how people treat Bosh like he is a loser

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

    If Bosh’s presence keeps the defense honest, then mission accomplished. Will be nice having a PF that can actually score.

  5. decimusprime - Jun 5, 2012 at 2:25 PM

    One thing we can count on is if CB plays tonight, is KG and whomever else gets that defensive assignment is going to deliver fouls, all at Bosh’s belly. I am very excited to see how this goes down considering all the “ref” issues this series. Rondo said they complained a lot in Boston, watch out.

  6. slimshadee - Jun 5, 2012 at 3:01 PM

    why is this guy allowed to write articles?

  7. lucky5934 - Jun 5, 2012 at 3:04 PM

    Just to get this straight…. The player who has not played in a few weeks will outshine the star player for the Celtics in this series? Yeah Kurt, I have a feeling we will be revisiting this conversation again after tonight.

    • Jason Chalifour - Jun 5, 2012 at 3:21 PM

      *Searches for a “Like” button.

  8. ezmagic - Jun 5, 2012 at 3:16 PM

    Hey infectorman that was great! Lmfao! the underoo thing was amazing…and true. I’m sure he’s also got the custom made lebron life size doll

  9. Jason Chalifour - Jun 5, 2012 at 3:19 PM

    If I’m the Celtics I put Brandon Bass on Bosh to start the game. If he torches Bass then maybe I’d think about putting KG on him. We might also have a Sean Williams sighting tonight. If nothing else he’ll protect the rim.

  10. moseskkim - Jun 5, 2012 at 3:25 PM

    Bosh gets traditionally shut down by Garnett. Couple that with the rust factor and I don’t see bosh having a huge impact. rondo is key

    • paintman34 - Jun 5, 2012 at 3:37 PM

      not last seasons playoffs, bosh outplayed him

      • bozosforall - Jun 5, 2012 at 8:00 PM

        moseskkim conveniently ignores that, paintman. Just like the rest of the Boston idiot fans ignore reality.

  11. rodge1 - Jun 5, 2012 at 3:52 PM

    Will be a good game, can’t wait. If Miami loses it will be because of missed FT’s or poor execution. Miami is their own biggest adversary. What’s funny is that if Miami wins, Celtic fans and the rest of the country will blame the refs or anyone but themselves. You’ll see…

    • infectorman - Jun 5, 2012 at 8:36 PM

      “If Miami loses it will be because of missed FT’s or poor execution.”

      Really? The other team has nothing to do with it?

      If the Celtics lose it’ll be because they got beat by the better team.
      Usually how this little thing called competition works. Check it out sometime

  12. jamesbmckay - Jun 5, 2012 at 4:00 PM

    I hope he plays as he will take shots away from others and their continuity of late will be skewed. And who thinks Bosh is going to be hitting shots as if he never missed a game???

  13. mungman69 - Jun 5, 2012 at 4:16 PM

    Bosh will be rusty and the rest of the team is not used to playing with him. Miami will win without him.

  14. rodge1 - Jun 5, 2012 at 4:37 PM

    @jamesbmckay

    Bosh will take shots away from Turiaf & Haslem. Sounds like good news to me.

    • jamesbmckay - Jun 5, 2012 at 5:25 PM

      Great…but Turiaf isn’t playing, Haslem has a very decent shot, and Bosh isn’t going to be in game shape. Bring it on. All those that said the Heat would sweep are looking pretty stupid right now. Were you one of them rodge 1???

  15. rodge1 - Jun 5, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    @jamesbmckay

    I never said they’d sweep. In fact, hoped for a longer series to rest Bosh for the finals. Even Bosh is at 75% is better than what Miami has at PF. Slow your roll, the series is just starting.

  16. yousuxxors - Jun 5, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    the knicks left bosh wide open and he killed them every time

  17. rodge1 - Jun 5, 2012 at 5:48 PM

    And what do you mean Turiaf isn’t playing?

  18. paulhargis53 - Jun 5, 2012 at 6:40 PM

    rodge1…..You wouldn’t want to give the Celtics any credit….they are pretty tough defensively…. but the only way the Heat lose is if they beat themselves?
    Uff, you Heat fans are something else.
    You think its a foregone conclusion that they get the title. It’s fans like you why everybody loves to hate the Heat.
    That and LeBron and that birch Wade.
    Look for the Celtics to make a statement tonight.

    • bozosforall - Jun 5, 2012 at 7:47 PM

      The Heat fans are something else? You Celtics fans go through life with blinders on.

      • giselleisasucubus - Jun 5, 2012 at 8:49 PM

        blinded by all the banners

      • bozosforall - Jun 6, 2012 at 2:32 PM

        Blinded by moth-eaten banners that hang by mere threads from being so old?

  19. rodge1 - Jun 5, 2012 at 7:29 PM

    @paulhargis53

    The reason I feel that way is because I’ve seen the Heat play at 100% and they are ALMOST unbeatable. The Thunder at 100% can beat that Heat team. I said the same about Dallas last year. Its my terrible and unprofessional opinion that Miami should beat the Celtics based on what I’ve seen Miami capable of doing. Maybe you’re right and the Heat are the worst and Boston is the best. We’ll see tonight.

  20. rodge1 - Jun 5, 2012 at 7:31 PM

    I never blamed the refs for Heat losses because I feel the games should never have been so close. When Boston loses NOBODY gives Miami’s defense credit, everyone blames the refs or something else. Read the posts

    • bozosforall - Jun 5, 2012 at 7:49 PM

      The Boston idiots will never admit that, rodge1. They go through life in denial of their ignorance and only come out when their teams are any good. You couldn’t find a New England sports fan in the 1990s anywhere (except in the closet).

  21. paulhargis53 - Jun 5, 2012 at 7:48 PM

    I’ve seen the Celts hit on all cylinders too.
    Something they haven’t done in the playoffs yet. If they are right, they can beat anyone too. The Heat, while a good team, are not unbeatable. That’s your arrogance showing again.

    • bozosforall - Jun 5, 2012 at 7:51 PM

      Laughable to hear ANY Boston fan ever talk about arrogance, given the gross overabundance of it just before the first Giants-Patriots Super Bowl. Made it all the sweeter when 18-0 turned into 18 and d’oh. STHU, paulhorseface.

  22. paulhargis53 - Jun 5, 2012 at 8:20 PM

    horseface? really?!, No really!!??

    That’s all you have, junior?

    I’m not a fan of any other New England team. Way to make a broad assumption and be wrong yet again.
    Your Lakers are out and done for the foreseeable future. Thank Kobe for that.
    It’s too bad you don’t understand that.
    Blowjobsforall, you are the biggest idiot on these boards. You should climb in a dryer with magic Johnson and a bunch of razor blades. shut the f up already.

  23. redboydolla555 - Jun 5, 2012 at 8:26 PM

    All about a “Fair Game”… What we as basketball fans need & want is to see a Fair Game. I mean when teams(Boston Celtics) come to Miami, it’s like I see a lot of referee interference in favor of Miami Heat. The organization can’t say anything because they get fined. The team coach can’t say anything because he gets fined. The team can’t complain because they get fined. Well I’m hoping they can’t fine me as well? I think the referee’s are (too)controlling the game in many ways. I mean we watch the game for the players not the referees. But when they are making ridiculous calls or no calls on obvious plays one’s gotta think. Now I don’t want to sat this, but are they(referees) cheating right here before our eyes? Do we really have to stand by and just accept this? I have no clue. I’m just another concerned fan. So if indeed you referees get a glimpse of this comment, do know that it’s someone watching your actions in the game not just the one who’s paying for it. There should be no referee interference in an N.B.A. eastern conference basketball game of the sort. Let there be a Fair Game for the decency of the game.

    • bozosforall - Jun 5, 2012 at 8:34 PM

      Referee interference in favor of Miami Heat? You mean like all of what the refs did late in the game for the Celtics in Game 4? Please, child…STHU and quit whining like the crybaby that you are.

  24. giselleisasucubus - Jun 5, 2012 at 8:33 PM

    3 things-
    1- yes, Bosh changes things, but he is going to be rusty. If he plays and gets stretched out, he’ll make a bigger difference in Game 6.

    2- Bozo, seriously, what is wrong with you? You are maybe the biggest moron I have ever seen on ANY website. Do you realize the magnitude of that comment?

    3- For the normal people on this site, it’s time to ignore this jackass. I’m as guilty as anyone, but enough is enough.

    Game 5 will be close. I like the C’s by 3. I’ll take the experience over the legs.

  25. paulhargis53 - Jun 5, 2012 at 9:52 PM

    Sorry Bozo, not a Patriots fan. Wrong again per usual.
    Do you ever get tired of being wrong, or looking the fool? Guess not, you look like a donkey everyday on here.
    You are pathetic.

    • drewzducks - Jun 6, 2012 at 12:02 AM

      He’s managed to perfect that whole pathetic and looking the fool thing. He’s still waiting for the Lakers game to start. Whereas the C’s are all grit and balls his Lakers are all wuss and vag.

      • doctorhoops - Jun 6, 2012 at 12:32 AM

        Poor Flamey the Clown… If not for his pathological hatred of Boston, combined with his homophobic rage, he would have very little personality to fall back on…

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