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Chris Bosh may start, will see more minutes in Game 6

Jun 7, 2012, 8:09 AM EDT

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We don’t know how Chris Bosh was really feeling in the fourth quarter of Game 5, we don’t really know what the doctor’s orders were on him. We just know that the Heat were getting outplayed and coach Erik Spoelstra decided not to go there — he kept his third best player on the bench in crunch time in Game 5. We also know the Heat lost and now their backs are up against the elimination wall.

So expect to see a lot more Bosh — he could even start, Spoelstra told the media Wednesday. Here’s his money quote via ESPN:

“I’m still going through that thought process,” Spoelstra said after the Heat wrapped up practice in Miami before traveling to Boston. “But I think he’ll be able to handle a bigger load of minutes, and it’ll be based more on how he’ll feel during the game.”

That quote makes me think this may have been more about the doctor’s orders than anything else. Bosh himself said after the game he could have played more.

Bosh had some good runs in the first half — he scored five points near the end of the first, had five offensive rebounds in a stint in the second. But his play at the end of the third quarter was not good — he was 0-1 and -11 in just 3:46 to close out the quarter. He never saw the court again.

That despite the fact in the first half he clearly helped the Heat offense and when Boston was going on an 18-8 run late Miami needed to do something to change the tide. They didn’t and lost.

Now, facing elimination, Spoelstra will hold nothing back. Not even Bosh.

  1. infectorman - Jun 7, 2012 at 8:17 AM

    he was slow in the defensive rotation and slow to react defensively in general.

    By far my favorite player on this team, he could be the difference maker tonite.
    The Heat should trade Wade to the Western Conference and get a real point guard…
    Miami ain’t big enough for Bon-Bon and Baby Wade

  2. skids003 - Jun 7, 2012 at 8:29 AM

    That look in the picture is priceless, isn’t it?

  3. jtchernak - Jun 7, 2012 at 8:45 AM

    I feel like the heat are in absolute desperation mode and that game 5 really was like game 7 celtics will win tonight I hope I think the heat are just demoralized

  4. acdc363 - Jun 7, 2012 at 9:01 AM

    Bosh is a giraffe.

    • edweird0 - Jun 7, 2012 at 9:13 AM

      He’s a raptor, not a giraffe

      • abchome - Jun 7, 2012 at 10:14 AM

        A giraffe like raptor, lol

      • scalfor3 - Jun 7, 2012 at 12:43 PM

        the boshtrich

  5. emaimo80 - Jun 7, 2012 at 9:10 AM

    I’d like to see the heat hold back Shane Battiers playing time so they have a chance. Spolstra needs to quit changing the lineup and leave lebron, wade, bosh, chalmers, and haslem in for at least 38-42 min a game, with the occasional rotation of miller, jones, battier, pittman, and turiaf. Enough with the bs spo. If u expect to win keep your top 5 in the game and call plays that will get you there. Don’t stop when you are ahead (59-50), or when you catch up. That’s when Boston is at their best. Remember spo you ef this up tonight it is your last game coaching the Miami Heat! 3 of the top ten players in the NBA, No excuses! It’s on you if they lose….

    • abchome - Jun 7, 2012 at 12:24 PM

      No way Bosh a top 10 player. A top 10 forward maybe.

      • scalfor3 - Jun 7, 2012 at 12:44 PM

        as a C’s fan i’m glad they’re barely playing james jones. he does something to hurt us everytime he’s out there, but can barely get off the bench

  6. mannyicey - Jun 7, 2012 at 9:13 AM

    Chris Bosh should start and get many more minutes. This is it for the Heat. They need an inside presence because Garnett just had a field day in the lane.

    But personally, I kinda want to see a Celtics/Thunder Finals. The Celtics are some old guys that are surprising me. They beat the young, athletic Hawks. No really big feat because the Hawks needs a real Center and their star melts down in the playoffs. But they are beating the Heat, which actually makes no sense. They shouldn’t be up against the Heat and it’s really turning some heads.

    But imagine if they beat the Heat and then go on and be a the Thunder. That would really be something because all three teams are much younger and more athletic than the Celtics. It will tip conventional wisdom to say that experience trumps athleticism.

    • mannyfresh209 - Jun 7, 2012 at 1:23 PM

      Celtics vs Thunder in the Finals would suck. BoringggggggGGGGGG

  7. lakerluver - Jun 7, 2012 at 7:20 PM

    And? I mean, does it matter?! The C’s have been owning the Heatles all season. I don’t see that changing tonight.

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