MIAMI -- Heat All-Star Chris Bosh has been upgraded to a game-time decision for Tuesday's Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Boston Celtics. All indications are that Bosh will play after missing three weeks and nine playoff games with a lower abdominal strain.
"He was able to go through a workout yesterday, he was able to go through shootaround today and we'll have to continue to evaluate," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "The last two days he's been able to do real basketball work."
Spoelstra said he will consult with team doctors and Bosh to come up with a plan on how much playing time Bosh might get.
Bosh averaged 14.7 points and 6.8 rebounds in six playoff games before suffering an abdominal strain in Game 1 of the East semifinals against Indiana. The Heat have struggled without him at the big-man spots, starting three different centers and sometimes using LeBron James at center.
Meanwhile, Celtics center Kevin Garnett has had an excellent series thus far going against Bosh's backups, averaging 20.5 points and 10.8 rebounds.
The Heat were 4-5 without Bosh in the regular season and are 5-4 in the playoffs without him. In the regular season they were 42-15 when Bosh played and 6-1 with him in the postseason before his injury.