Miami Heat power forward Chris Bosh will play in Game 5 of the 2012 NBA Eastern Conference Finals against the Boston Celtics. Head coach Erik Spoelstra called Bosh a "game-time decision" prior to tipoff thanks to an abdominal strain that has kept him out for three weeks now. Bosh will play Tuesday, but will not start according to ESPN.
Chris Bosh will play tonight, but will not start.— NBA on ESPN (TV) (@NBAESPN) June 6, 2012
Bosh's presence, even if he isn't 100 percent, will give the Celtics a lot more to think about on both ends of the court. He gives the Heat another offensive threat--taking pressure off LeBron James and Dwyane Wade--and should make Kevin Garnett's life a lot tougher defensively in the paint. Bosh will need to stay on the court to be effective, however. Whether that's possible remains to be seen.