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.