Chris Bosh will get more minutes

Updated: June 12, 2012, 4:32 PM ET
Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Coach Erik Spoelstra isn't saying whether he'll put All-Star forward Chris Bosh back into the starting lineup or keep bringing him off the bench now that the Miami Heat are in the NBA Finals.

Bosh started every game he played during the regular season and until he suffered an abdominal injury during the Eastern Conference playoffs, but played as a reserve in the final three games of the conference finals.

Spoelstra wouldn't divulge his starting lineup for Game 1 on Tuesday night.

"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 missed nine games with a lower abdominal strain and has taken on increasing playing time since returning last Tuesday for Game 5 of the East finals. He played 14 minutes his first game back, 28 in Game 6 and then 31 in Game 7 -- scoring 19 points and hitting three 3-pointers.

"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."


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