Jun 11, 2012; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Miami Heat center Chris Bosh (1) during practice before game one of the 2012 NBA finals against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-US PRESSWIRE

Thunder-Heat NBA Finals: Will Chris Bosh start Game 1?


Erik Spoelstra does not know yet if he will start Chris Bosh in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. Bosh played in the final three games of the Eastern Conference Finals after missing nine games with an injury.

“I’ll consider everything by tomorrow night,” Spoelstra said. “I think he can handle more minutes. We’ll have to see. He was able to handle the 31 minutes. He had to come out a couple times because of wind, but I think each game we’ll get better.”

With Bosh out of the starting lineup, Miami has been starting Shane Battier in his place and playing small with LeBron James and Udonis Haslem.

That small lineup won’t be ideal against the Thunder and their front line of Serge Ibaka and Kendrick Perkins. It also disrupts the rotation of bringing Battier off the bench who did a very good job in the regular season guarding James Harden.

Bosh will have to play well for the Heat to beat the Thunder. He played 31 minutes in Game 7 against the Celtics and scored 19 points on 8-of-10 shooting to go with eight rebounds.

The Heat did not use Bosh much in the pick-and-roll since his return and he scored mostly as a spot-up shooter.

“Like I’ve been saying the past week, it really doesn’t matter to me. I just want to be out there and we want to give ourselves the best chance to win,” Bosh said. “So, whatever that means, that’s what’s going to work out for me and the team.”

Game 1 tips tonight at 9 p.m. EST on ABC.

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