The Miami Heat are up 3-2 in their semi finals series versus the Pacers but heading into Game 6, Miami will be a bit thin in the front court.
Miami will be without Udonis Haslem and Dexter Pittman with both serving suspensions and not to mention will continue to be without Chris Bosh who is out of action due to an abdominal injury. And although Miami should be able to dispatch the Pacers in this series, Bosh might be back on the court for Miami sooner than later.
Originally, Bosh was listed as being out of action indefinitely, but according to ESPN, he is feeling much better and could be back on the court during Miami’s playoff run.
“I do have a chance to play again. That’s the light at the end of the tunnel for me. That keeps me going every day.”
“I’ve come a far way in a week,” Bosh said. “I was kind of nervous initially, but it wasn’t the worst news I could have gotten. I just have to keep believing and stay mentally strong. I think I’m healing at a very fast rate right now.”
Needless to say getting Bosh back in action will help Miami tremendously. After Haslem, there is a considerable drop off in quality bigs for the Heat. Aside from Bosh and Haslem, the team has Joel Anthony, Ronny Turiaf, and Pittman (suspended for three games). Being without Bosh and Haslem, Miami should be able to survive their series against the Pacers (considering Roy Hibbert has been playing sub-par and not taking advantage of Bosh not in the paint to contend with him) but should Boston advance to the Eastern Conference Finals, Miami will definitely need Bosh.
Kevin Garnett is playing tremendously during the playoffs and no way can Miami contend with the Celtics’ big man without Bosh. Moreover, having Bosh back will also help shore up the interior defense against the likes of Rajon Rondo or Sixers’ Jrue Holiday.