The public perception of Chris Bosh has undergone a pretty amazing evolution during this postseason — from inexhaustible punchline to irreplaceable piece to irrelevant postscript. And now, perhaps, to savior.
After spending three weeks on the sideline working his way back from a strained abdominal muscle, the Miami Heat are reportedly looking to return Bosh to the fold for a pivotal Game 5 at AmericanAirlines Arena on Tuesday night. From Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com:
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.
Bosh has missed three weeks and nine playoff games since going down with an abdominal strain in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Indiana Pacers. The Heat have not put an official timetable on his return but it is believed they were targeting a three-week window for a return if he didn't have setbacks in his rehab.
It's been quite a couple of months for Bosh, who went from being the butt of "soft" jokes to being viewed as an indispensable third option and offensive linchpin when Miami struggled after an inopportune movement during Game 1 against the Pacers led to his indefinite shelving. Then, after LeBron James had a game for the ages and Dwyane Wade got his groove back, Bosh once again became an afterthought, his rehab from the muscle strain a footnote to the two-man power trip ripping and running through the East.
Now, after two straight losses have evened the Eastern Conference finals, Miami finds itself looking at Bosh as the cavalry, the lone untapped option on its roster who may be able to combat a hellacious version of Kevin Garnett, who's dominating the interior en route to 20.5 points, 10.8 rebounds and just under two blocks per game through four contests. If Bosh is healthy enough after three weeks on the shelf to be able to even approximate, if not fully equal, his pre-injury effectiveness — a really, really big question, because muscle strains are notoriously difficult to evaluate, gauge and play through — he could be a huge boost for a Miami team that has struggled mightily to find reliable center play since he went down.Read More »from Chris Bosh may return for Game 5, which would be good for Miami, whose centers are getting killed