Miami Heat’s Chris Bosh’s return to the court was exactly what the Heat needed to put away a pesky Boston Celtics team that pushed Miami to seven game in their Eastern Conference Finals series.
He proved to be a player the Celtics’ bigs had to watch for, and was able to stretch the floor for teammates with timely three-point shooting in the pivotal Game 7. So it would make sense for Miami to start Bosh versus the Oklahoma City Thunder’s big men of Kendrick Perkins, and Serge Ibaka, right?
Well according to Heat head coach Erick Spoelstra, he still doesn’t know if Bosh will start tonight in Game 1 of the NBA Finals.
”I’ll consider everything by tomorrow night,” Spoelstra said on Monday. ”I think he can handle more minutes. We’ll have to see. He was able to handle the 31 minutes. He had to come out a couple times because of wind, but I think each game we’ll get better.”
Bosh is coming off an abdominal injury he suffered in the playoffs versus the Pacers and has logged two games under his belt since his return to the court in the ECF against Boston. In both games, Bosh looked healthy and spry. As mentioned before, he played quite well for Miami in Game 7 versus the Celtics by chipping in 19 points (including three 3-pointers) and played 31 minutes. Safe to say he can handle more minutes for Miami.
Moreover, Miami will need Bosh on the court tonight. His ability to hit the three-point shot will be key to spread the floor, keep either shot-blocking guru Ibaka away from the paint or Perkins from being able to clog up the paint. This will allow the Heat’s guard Dwaye Wade, and Mario Chalmers to attack the rim. Also, defensively he will be able to block shots and rebound as we all know he can.
But should Bosh not start, he says he will be fine with that as well.
”Like I’ve been saying the past week, it really doesn’t matter to me. I just want to be out there and we want to give ourselves the best chance to win,” Bosh said. ”So, whatever that means, that’s what’s going to work out for me and the team.”
At the end of the day, expect Bosh to start. Having Udonis Haslem, Dexter Pittman, or Joel Anthony having to deal with OKC’s bigs would not be a wise decision for Spoelstra.