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Many thought the Celtics could get swept after they dropped the first two games of the Eastern Conference Finals to the Miami Heat. The C’s fired back in Boston and took Games Three and Four to tie the series up at two.
Chris Bosh hasn’t played in a game since suffering an abdominal strain on May 13 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Indiana Pacers. The Heat have said that if the forward doesn’t have any setbacks in workouts he will be activated for Game Five.
Greg Likens of WQAM in Miami joined Toucher & Rich to discuss the series so far, the possible return of Bosh next game and his thoughts on who will take the series.
Bosh hasn’t played a game in 22 days and it looks like the Heat will activate him for Tuesday night’s Game Five in Miami. Is it a positive thing for the Heat to play a somewhat crippled Chris Bosh at this point in the series? Should the just put the game in the hands of LeBron James and Dwyane Wade?
“To try to put him out there while you don’t know what to expect — and I don’t think we should be expecting a lot, especially in his first game back — will at least cause Garnett to respect his ability to shoot the ball, and that will be beneficial for LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.”
Does Bosh need to play to solidify his place with this team? Likens believes so, to an certain degree.
“I think to a certain extent just to prove to his teammates and to everybody else, ‘hey I’m going to fight through this and show up for you guys,’” said Likens. ”I do think it’s a smart move on his part if he can play tomorrow night.”
Plus, does Dwyane Wade need to take accountability for the way he plays when he doesn’t show up? And does Likens still think the Heat will win the series?