Heat Index: Bosh could start Game 6
With his team facing playoff elimination, Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said Wednesday he might consider starting Chris Bosh for Game 6 against the Boston Celtics, but even if Bosh comes off the bench, Spoelstra certainly would have a larger role for the All-Star forward in his second game back from injury. Bosh was limited to just 14 minutes and didn't play at all in the fourth quarter of Tuesday's 94-90 loss to the Celtics, who carry a 3-2 series lead into Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals on Thursday in Boston. "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."
Asked about Bosh's impact upon his return and if he was surprised the Heat didn't lean on him more in the second half, Celtics coach Doc Rivers offered praise, but wouldn't touch the latter part of the question during a conference call with reporters on Wednesday.
"I was very surprised how good he looked. He looked rhythmic," said Rivers. "He looked like he had been playing. So we were very surprised with that. As far as surprised (about his playing time), I will stay away from that... I didn't notice it until after the game. That's how focused we were. I was really focused on us. Then after the game when one of my coaches brought it up, I said, 'Well, yeah, that's interesting.' But I'm sure there was a reason. I'm sure Erik told you the reason. Honestly, I haven't heard it yet."
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