Chris Bosh is expected to return for the Miami Heat in Game 5. (ESPN Boston)
According to multiple sources, the Heat are hoping to activate Chris Bosh for Tuesday’s Game 5 if he doesn’t suffer a setback in workouts over the next two days. Bosh declined to discuss his status following the Heat’s 93-91 overtime loss to the Boston Celtics on Sunday, which tied the series at 2-2. …
He has been doing on-court workouts for the past week and got on the floor with teammates during practices while the Heat were in Boston. Typically players who return from abdominal strains take awhile to return to full strength and Bosh could be playing on a minute restriction when he comes back.
I don’t care if Bosh’s abdominal muscles are sliced in half and hanging halfway out of his lower stomach. He’ll help. The Heat haven’t had an answer for Kevin Garnett’s offense and they have nobody to keep Garnett occupied when the Celtics are on defense. KG doesn’t even have to think about defending Joel Anthony, and Udonis Haslem –despite a very productive Game 4 — hasn’t shot the ball well all season. Bosh isn’t a perfect big man and he may not be entirely healthy, but he should provide a major upgrade over what the Heat had in Games 1 through 4, even if it’s just as a 6’11″ defender with length to bother KG’s shots and as a skilled, albeit rusty and banged-up, big man to pose a threat when Miami has the ball.