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Spoelstra not talking, but expect Bosh to start Game 2

Jun 14, 2012, 10:53 AM EDT

Miami Heat's Chris Bosh arrives for a team practice for the NBA basketball finals in Oklahoma City Reuters

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra will probably spend all day Thursday dodging the question of if Chris Bosh will start or not because… well, I guess he wants to be like Bill Belichick. Whatever.

Pretty much all indications point to Bosh moving back into the starting lineup.

Here is what Spoelstra said on Wednesday, via the Miami Herald.

“The last two games he’s been able to handle more minutes,” Spoelstra said. “I think we can start to incorporate him more to who he was and his strengths right before he got injured.

“He was so accommodating the last three or four games just trying to fit in. But we need him to be a little bit more who he is.’’

More than just starting, they need to get him some post touches as well. Bosh took 11 shots in Game 1 and only one of them was within 10 feet. During the regular season, that was more a 50/50 inside/outside ratio. Those touches closer to the basket can help get him going.

And Miami needs to get him going – it can’t be the LeBron James show in this series of the Heat expect to win four out of the next six games.

  1. allmyteamsareterrible - Jun 14, 2012 at 11:09 AM

    I really do not understand people’s fixation with talking about Bosh starting or not starting. What’s the difference between starting and coming off the bench if you play starter minutes regardless? This is a non story in my opinion, and I really am sick of hearing about it. It makes no difference.

  2. rodge1 - Jun 14, 2012 at 11:42 AM

    Spoelstra is not trying to be like Belichick. Pat Riley’s protégés have always been taught to dodge questions for years. Now if you said Spoelstra was video-taping OKC’s practices, then you can say he’s trying to be like Belichick. Just clarifying…

  3. labratre - Jun 14, 2012 at 2:51 PM

    I think that Spoelstra need to open up his bench period! The reason his team can’t finish is because they are dog tired down the stretch.

  4. rodge1 - Jun 14, 2012 at 3:02 PM


    Totally true. That is a characteristic of Pat Riley & his protégés. They only play 7 or 8 players per game unless it’s a blowout. Very frustrating as a fan to watch the stars on you team look exhausted and useless in the 4th quarter all because the coach won’t rest them. I totally realize that Miami’s bench is not the greatest but playing them more could actually make them better.

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