Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh will start Game 2 of the NBA Finals after coming off the bench in Game 1 and the final three games of the Eastern Conference Finals.
Bosh played 34 minutes off the bench in Game 1 and scored 10 points to go with five rebounds.
“How we use Chris might be a little bit more like how we used him during the regular season,” Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra said.
Bosh will replace Udonis Haslem and start at center which means the Heat will remain with their small starting lineup consisting of Shane Battier and LeBron James at the forward positions.
That small lineup allowed the Heat a lot of open spot-up looks in Game 1 which helped them get out to an early lead.
Bosh has not been exactly the same since returning from injury in the Boston series. He’s been more of a spot-up shooter with less offense running through him.
The Heat are going to need him to return to All-Star form if they’re going to have a chance at beating the Thunder.
Kendrick Perkins will likely start out on Bosh with Serge Ibaka guarding Battier.
The Thunder did not take advantage much of their size advantage in Game 1 and had just two offensive rebounds in the first half.
The Thunder started hitting the glass when Nick Collison checked in. Collison had 10 rebounds in the game with five of them coming on the offensive side.
The Thunder might match up better with the Heat starters starting Collison instead of Perkins but that will unlikely not happen.
The only real way Perkins can affect the game against the Heat starters is by hitting the glass and if he doesn’t then the Heat may have the upper hand.