Heat coach Erik Spoelstra was given fan treatment by the media all week giving no definite answer of Chris Bosh’s status for game 5 labeling him as “out indefinitely.” Chris Bosh is back in Miami suited up and ready to go tonight. Coach Spolestra plans to use Bosh sparingly and further evaluations determined Bosh would come off the bench at some point in game 5.
Haslem will start at center over Joel Anthony. Spoelstra updated Bosh’s status to a game-time decision late Tuesday afternoon. Spoelstra’s determination of Bosh has changed since Monday from out indefinitely, day-to-day, and now is certainly cleared to go. Bosh has not played since May 13th. Easing him back into the game was the only option for Coach Spo. Bosh has been more active over the last two days.
Lebron was looking forward to having star center Chris Bosh back. Dwyane Wade was eager to hear the news of Bosh’s status Tuesday going into a pivotal game 5, and essentially a must win at home for Miami’s title hopes. Bosh’s number’s have suffered in the playoffs averaging 14.7 points per game along with 6.7 rebounds.
Adding Bosh back into the lineup relieves some of the duties and mounting pressure on Udonis Haslem and Joel Anthony down the stretch. How much Bosh will be seen in the 4th quarter is up to Spoelstra. There’s really no better time to see All-star center Chris Bosh re-activate himself during a best of 3. Elimination is on the horizon without a Heat win tonight. Not 1, not 2, but 3 games maximum separates Miami from the NBA finals.