The Celtics have the chance to take the lead for the first time in their series with the Miami Heat.
Mike Gorman, Comcast SportsNet’s play-by-play commentator for the Boston Celtics, joined 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher & Rich to discuss tonight’s Game 5, the likely return of Chris Bosh to the Heat, Dwyane Wade’s play in Game 4 and Ray Allen’s injury.
The big talk surrounding tonight’s game involves the return of Chris Bosh. There’s a lot of speculation as to whether or not it’s going to help or hurt the Heat. We have seen Kevin Garnett have his way with Bosh at points in the season, but Miami needs bodies.
“The Celtics have them figured out I think to this point. The Celtics have had them figured out though, when you look back at it, for quite a while and so I don’t think any changes come tonight on the part of the Celtics if Bosh plays or he doesn’t play. The pressure is really on the Heat.”
Gorman mentioned the Heat being out coached, but there was a breakdown of the last play from Game 4 where Dwyane Wade missed the game winning three-pointer. The breakdown said that Wade had two opportunities to run the play called by coach Erik Spoelstra and get Mario Chalmers the ball, but Wade’s lackadaisical play left the ball in his hands with the game on the line.
Is it fair to put the blame on Spoelstra or does Wade deserve some of the blame too?
“I don’t want to put words in Doc’s mouth, but it seems to me the Celtics made a decision early on in this Wade-James era that they were going to cover James one-on-one, but they were going to double team Wade and make Wade’s life miserable and they have. They’ve effectively done that for quite some time, Wade does not have good numbers against the Celtics so he gets frustrated.”
They went on to discuss the guys the Celtics have coming off the bench and how they need to have some consistent production from those guys at both end of the court.
Plus has Ray Allen been playing better because he’s got used to the ankle pain?