Boston: 100.9 points/100 possessions (10th)
Miami: 109.3 points/100 possessions (3rd)
Boston: 97.7 points allowed/100 possessions (3rd)
Miami: 99.8 points allowed/100 possessions (5th)
Key Injuries: Avery Bradley is out.
Probable Miami Starters: Almario Vernard Chalmers (PG), Dwyane Wade (SG), LeBron Raymone James (SF), Shane Battier (PF), Udonis Haslem (C)
View From The Opposing Bench: Heat Index
Thumbnail: A few very noteworthy updates in the pregame of this one on the statuses of Chris Bosh, Udonis Haslem and company.
First things first. Chris Bosh is active tonight, as Eddy Curry and Terrell Harris make up the inactives for the hosts. In addition, the Heat have their third straight different starting center in as many games, with Udonis Haslem getting the nod, as Joel Anthony makes his way back to the bench.
Haslem grabbed 17 rebounds in Game 4, and his play with Miami’s starting five makes up the Heat’s best five-man unit this series by far, so it shouldn’t be a surprise Spoelstra tried to mix things up here to slow down Boston’s quick starts recently.
Additionally, while we are likely to see Chris Bosh tonight, here’s Spoelstra on his potential availability this evening:
Chris is a game?time decision. He is going to go through his full warmup right now. We’ll make an evaluation before the game. If he does play, he will not start. He’ll come in at some point in the rotation in a short burst, and that’s all it would be. If we determine he’s not ready to go tonight, that’s not a setback. It just means another day of work and possibly he will be ready for the next game. And we will continue to reevaluate from there.
There’s really nothing more to be said at this point. Best-of-three series for a return trip to the NBA Finals starts now.