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Thursday, June 7, 2012
Bosh likely to start for Heat tonight

By Brian Windhorst, ESPN.com

BOSTON -- The Miami Heat are likely going to start their fourth different lineup of the Eastern Conference finals as they face elimination in Game 6 Thursday against the Boston Celtics.

Coach Erik Spoelstra would not commit to it Thursday afternoon, but all signs point to Chris Bosh re-entering the starting lineup. At the very least, he'll be getting starter's minutes after playing just 14 minutes off the bench in the Heat's Game 5 loss Tuesday.

"I'm looking forward to a huge opportunity tonight," Bosh said. "Starting doesn't matter, I just want to play. Starting is irrelevant at this point, I just want to be on the court."

Spoelstra's other decision will involve Udonis Haslem, who may replace Shane Battier as the starting power forward. The Heat have played Battier out of position for the past 10 games since Bosh went down with an ab strain.

"We'll see, I'll give you my lineup later," Spoelstra said. "But Chris is fine, he should be able to play minutes."