Bosh Knew it was Time for Him to Start
(Chris) Bosh missed nine games after suffering his abdominal strain in the Heat’s second-round series against the Indiana Pacers. He returned as a reserve for the final three games of the Eastern Conference finals. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra then elected to again bring him off the bench in the opening game of the NBA Finals. Miami lost as Bosh totaled 10 points and four boards in 33 minutes.
Spoelstra wouldn’t publicly commit to starting Bosh for Game 2, but the move was widely expected. When Spoelstra called for the Heat’s first team to come to the floor during Wednesday’s private practice, Bosh walked out with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Mario Chalmers and Shane Battier. Spoelstra didn’t stop him.
“Why not?” Bosh said. “…I knew it was time.”