After Dwyane Wade got open on a great pump fake, and took an open shot at the 3…and the win… and then the shot bounced off the back of the rim, and this series changed.
You could tell too, that Wade wanted the win there, and he thought he made the shot. It was just a couple inches off.
It is now a 2 out of 3 dog fight, and the Miami Heat have realized that they are not going to be able to walk through this series, and then let Chris Bosh heal on his own time-table for the NBA Finals. They need to accelerate that time-table, and Chris Bosh will need to play for the Heat to get out of this series.
“It’s premature to say he’ll definitively play,” Erik Spoelstra said. “The reality is that this is not a normal situation. (The situation) is heightened and it is extreme. We have to be judicious in our evaluations.”
Bosh has missed 3 weeks and 9 playoff games in this post-season, and the Heat are 5-4 during this stretch and they can definitely use his contributions(if anywhere near 100%) on the floor. Kevin Garnett, in particular, has dominated in this series; he is averaging 20.5 points, 10.8 rebounds and just under two blocks per game through four contests. Having Bosh out there will both stretch the floor and give Miami another big man to guard Garnett and protect the lane.
If the Heat do not win Game 5, then do not expect the fans in Boston to take it easy on the sometimes inconsistent Miami Heat. The Boston Celtics can smell blood now, and the Heat are going to have to call on their cavalry, Chris Bosh, to play through his pain and bring a little bit of muscle and grit to the Heat in Game 5.
“Nobody said this was going to be easy,” Spoelstra said, and it won’t be.