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Rajon Rondo missed 10 shots in the paint in the Boston Celtics’ Game 1 Eastern Conference loss to the Miami Heat. Midway through the first quarter of Game 5, he already has missed four shots in the paint, and picked up one offensive foul trying to drive to score against Mario Chalmers.
I guess this explains his lack of aggression.
There was some belief that Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh would be able to play in Tuesday night's match-up with the Boston Celtics, and that appears to be the case. It does not look like Bosh is going to play a significant role for Miami in Game 5 however, according to Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra.
Spoelstra said that Bosh would be used in "short bursts" and that he would play a "small role" and said that Bosh would likely play center. He also worked to downplay expectations.
"He doesn't have to be the Chris Bosh he was seven weeks ago," he said. "We can build up to that. He just has to give us solid minutes and help our rotation get worked out."
Bosh suffered a lower abdominal injury during Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Indiana Pacers and hasn't played since. The Heat could definitely use another big man on the court who can score, even if it's just in short bursts from Bosh.
The Miami Heat have managed a couple of home wins over the Boston Celtics without injured big man Chris Bosh, but based on what happened in Game 4 in Boston, the Heat might need him back to win the series. LeBron James picked up a few fouls while attempting to guard Kevin Garnett in the post, which led to his fouling out.
Erik Spoelstra has been asked before every game of the series how close Bosh was to returning, and he gave his most optimistic answer yet in the morning before Game 5. Bosh is a game-time decision on Tuesday night.
Spoelstra says Chris Bosh is a game-time decision. "We'll let you know tonight."— Tom Haberstroh (@tomhaberstroh) June 5, 2012
Bosh has been out since Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Indiana Pacers, when he sustained an abdominal injury.
Chris Bosh has apparently been very eager to return to the court after suffering a groin injury back in Game 1 of the Heat's Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Indiana Pacers. Too eager, in fact. During his press conference one day before the Heat's Game 5 against the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra revealed that Bosh wanted to return to the court 10 days ago, but was held back by the Heat.
"He said he was ready 10 days ago," Spoelstra said. "They all say that. I think league-wide right now, the four teams, there's probably more than a handful of players that wouldn't be playing right now (if it was the regular season)."
The initial injury happened three weeks ago, and 10 days ago would have allowed Bosh to return for the previous series. Earlier in the press conference, Spoelstra denied speculation that Bosh would return for Game 5 against the Celtics on Tuesday night, saying that it's "too early to go there."
The Celtics and Heat resume their series on Tuesday night at 8:30. The teams are tied at two games apiece.
With their Eastern Conference Finals series against the Boston Celtics tied at two games apiece, there's been a lot of speculation that the Miami Heat would allow star forward Chris Bosh to return from a groin injury to play in Tuesday's Game 5. A report by ESPN's Brian Windhorst suggested the Heat are hoping to activate Bosh before Game 5, assuming he has no setbacks.
However, coach Erik Spoelstra told reporters on Monday that the ESPN report was premature.
I asked Erik Spoelstra if there's any chance Chris Bosh could be a game-time decision tomorrow: "I think it's too early to even go there.''— Chris Tomasson (@christomasson) June 4, 2012
Bosh has been out of action since landing awkwardly after a slam dunk in Game 1 of the Heat's second-round series against the Indiana Pacers. At the time, Bosh said the season "had to be extended" for him to play again this season, but that was also when the Heat were struggling against the Pacers.
The Miami Heat had chances on Sunday night, but neither LeBron James nor Dwyane Wade were able to come through in the clutch, allowing the Boston Celtics to tie the Eastern Conference Finals at two games apiece. The Heat could get a boost by the time the two teams meet again, as the third member of Miami's "Big Three" seems poised for a return.
There isn't anything concrete as of yet -- and likely won't be until the Heat meet with the media on Monday afternoon -- but ESPN's Tom Haberstroh took an educated guess on Chris Bosh's status for Game 5.
I'd imagine the team will call Chris Bosh "a gametime decision" with every intention of him playing tomorrow's Game 5.— Tom Haberstroh (@tomhaberstroh) June 4, 2012
It'll be interesting to see how effective Bosh actually is when he returns considering the length of time he's been in a suit on the bench ... not to mention the underrated seriousness of an abdominal strain. Either way, the team with more talent available usually ends up winning.
LeBron James said Friday that the Heat would prepare for Game 4 like Chris Bosh wasn't playing. Good thing they did, because Bosh won't return from injury on Sunday night when the Celtics attempt to even the Eastern Conference Finals at 2-2.
ESPN.com's Michael Wallace has some quotes from Heat practice:
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said Saturday that Bosh won't play Sunday and reiterated the All-Star forward has not yet advanced far enough in his recovery from an abdominal strain to gauge when he might be available for game action.
"I'm not thinking about Chris today -- I'm not," Spoelstra said before the Heat's practice at TD Garden. "He's not on my mind. And I love you, Chris, but I'm focused on Sunday. That's where all of my energies are focused right now."
The initial diagnosis on Bosh was that he could return in time for some part the Eastern Conference Finals. Right now it looks like one of the following is true:
a) Bosh is not close to a return
b) Spoelstra is not going to share much about Bosh's status with the media
c) The Heat have no idea when Bosh is coming back
d) Perhaps all of the above
Game 4 tips off on Sunday night at 8:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on ESPN.
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The Miami Heat looked as bad as they have all postseason in a Game 3 loss to the Boston Celtics on Friday. In particular, Kevin Garnett was a destroyer and Miami's small lineups were ineffective. Given that Chris Bosh's initial prognosis was that he could return sometime in the Eastern Conference Finals, the Game 3 result has naturally led to questions about whether the power forward would hit the court in time to help get Miami a win in Boston and a commanding 3-1.
That remains unclear, but the Heat's other two stars aren't counting on it. Here's what LeBron James said in the post-game on Friday.
"We don't know when Chris will be back. We're not going into the next game hoping that he's going to be there or whatever the case may be. We've got to prepare like he's not playing. We'll prepare for Game 4 like he's not playing."
In three regular season games against Boston this year, Bosh averaged 11.7 points (lower than usual) and 10.3 rebounds (higher). He averaged 12.8 points and 10.2 rebounds in the Heat's series against Boston in 2011.
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The Miami Heat were able to get by the Indiana Pacers without the services of Chris Bosh, but they didn't exactly make it easy. It's likely that the Boston Celtics are going to exploit his absence a bit more in the Eastern Conference Finals, though, making the latest injury update an interesting one for Miami.
Bosh seems to be recuperating from the abdominal strain that's caused him to miss the last two weeks, but it doesn't sound as though the recovery is going quickly enough for him to be ready to play in Game 1 on Monday night. Bosh was able to go through a workout on Sunday afternoon, according to ESPN's Michael Wallace, but it doesn't sound as though that changed anything for the immediate future.
Bosh was not present on the practice court at the arena when the Heat wrapped up a workout earlier Sunday afternoon in preparation for Game 1. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra told reporters after practice that there was no change in Bosh's status, and that he was preparing to be without the perennial All-Star forward going into the series opener.
"I'm not even preparing for that right now," Spoelstra said earlier Sunday when asked about Bosh's status for the series. "I'm preparing for who we have in the gym. So our focus is (Monday). And that's all I can concentrate on. We have enough to win (Monday). That's all that any of our guys should be focused on."
Bosh's presence on the floor opens quite a few things up for the Heat, but if he's unable to go, the Heat's "small" ball lineup could also give the Celtics fits as they attempt to matchup on the defensive end.
Chris Bosh just spoke for the first time about an abdominal injury that will sideline him indefinitely, and he gave an interesting, if slightly confusing, answer on his future status. The Miami Heat forward was asked when he might return to the court, and he said, as of now, the only way was if the season was extended.
BOSH: "This season has to be extended for me to play."— Joseph Goodman (@MiamiHeraldHeat) May 14, 2012
That could mean a few different things. Technically, it could mean that he's available to return before Game 5 against the Indiana Pacers, when the Heat would know they were not sweeping the series. However, it's more likely that Bosh would not return until the Eastern Conference Finals at the earliest, assuming the Heat even beat the Pacers and get there.
There's also a chance that even that timeline could be optimistic.
After hearing Bosh and the team speak, I would be surprised if he plays before the Finals. If they make it that far.— Tom Haberstroh (@tomhaberstroh) May 14, 2012
Bottom line: Heat fans should not expect Bosh back in the lineup for a while.
Chris Bosh was ominously ruled "out indefinitely" after an MRI revealed that he suffered an abdominal strain during the Miami Heat's Game 2 win over the Indiana Pacers on Sunday. Head coach Erik Spoelstra gave a more optimistic prognosis Monday, saying that he feels better about the forward's status than he did during the game Sunday.
Spoelstra feels better about Bosh today than in-game yesterday. "We thought it could be a lot worse."— Tom Haberstroh (@tomhaberstroh) May 14, 2012
Fans would rather a set timetable for Bosh's return, the sooner the better, but Spoelstra's latest still comes as very good news. LeBron James and Dwyane Wade did everything they could during the opening game of the second round series to will the Heat to a hard-fought fourth quarter victory. Bosh's presence would certainly take a lot of pressure off the two superstars to produce every night.
The Miami Heat were able to pull out a win on Sunday afternoon against the Indiana Pacers, but it didn't come easy. LeBron James and Dwyane Wade both had to play an excellent brand of basketball down the stretch after losing fellow All-Star Chris Bosh due to injury.
It wasn't clear what exactly had happened to Bosh when he was forced out of the game, but news from the sideline was that he'd miss the remainder of the game with an abdominal strain. An MRI on Monday morning confirmed that diagnosis and, unfortunately for the Heat, the injury is going to keep him out "indefinitely."
Injury Update: The MRI on @ChrisBosh revealed a strained abdominal muscle. He is out indefinitely.— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) May 14, 2012
This type of injury is tough to judge and, without the Heat giving any sort of timetable, it's difficult to guess how severe Bosh's injury is -- meaning whether it keeps him out for two games or two weeks is largely up in the air.
As long as Bosh is out, the Heat offense will struggle -- something colleague Mike Prada wrote about on Monday morning.
The Heat will especially miss Bosh offensively. When Bosh is in the game, James and Wade have a pick and pop partner that spaces the floor and opens up driving lanes. When he's not, the paint is clogged, the ball movement stinks and the "my turn" offense that many accuse the Heat of relying on too much rears its ugly head.
The Heat won Game 1 against the Indiana Pacers on Sunday, but if they lose Chris Bosh for an extended period of time, they're in big trouble.
After missing the second half of his team's second-round game against the Indiana Pacers, Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh will undergo an MRI to determine the severity of an injury he sustained during the game.
According to ESPN's Brian Windhorst, the injury is likely a major concern and something that could sideline Bosh for the remainder of the Eastern Conference Semifinals.
As pointed out by Windhorst, the Heat did win the rebounding battle in the second half of today's game. That's the good news.
The bad news is that it was due in large part to an excellent all-around effort from LeBron James, who had to play all 24 minutes of the third and fourth quarters. That's something you can't really rely on in a best-of-seven playoff series
The Pacers boast an imposing frontcourt, and were fifth in the Eastern Conference in offensive-rebounding rate during the regular season.
No word on when the results of the MRI will be announced to the public.
Game two of the series is on Tuesday.
Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh will not return to Game 1 of the team's 2012 NBA Playoffs second-round series against the Indiana Pacers. The team announced that the injury is an abdominal strain. Bosh suffered the injury after falling awkwardly on his left leg following a slam dunk late in the first half. Ronny Turiaf has replaced Bosh in the lineup.
"We've never seen Chris Bosh go back to the room like that," Heat assistant coach Bob McAdoo relayed to ABC sideline reporter Lisa Salters.
Bosh was having an excellent game, posting 13 points and five rebounds. If he is out for an extended period of time, the Heat may be in trouble. They were at a disadvantage inside against Roy Hibbert and David West even with Bosh playing.
The Miami Heat are already losing Game 1 of their second-round 2012 NBA Playoffs series against the Indiana Pacers, and now, they may have to deal without one of their top players. Forward Chris Bosh had to leave the game with less than a minute to go in the first half after coming down awkwardly on his left leg.
Here's the play.
Bosh was going for a slam dunk on Indiana Pacers star Roy Hibbert, and upon completing it, he landed straight on his left leg. He tried to stay in the game, but struggled through the Heat's next defensive possession and ended up crouching on the ground after it was over. The Heat called a 20-second timeout to get Bosh out of the game.
Bosh had a very strong first half, posting 13 points and five rebounds. If he cannot play for a significant period of time, Miami is in trouble.