Miami Heat's Chris Bosh arrives for a team practice for the NBA basketball finals in Oklahoma City

Spoelstra not talking, but expect Bosh to start Game 2


Heat coach Erik Spoelstra will probably spend all day Thursday dodging the question of if Chris Bosh will start or not because… well, I guess he wants to be like Bill Belichick. Whatever.

Pretty much all indications point to Bosh moving back into the starting lineup.

Here is what Spoelstra said on Wednesday, via the Miami Herald.

“The last two games he’s been able to handle more minutes,” Spoelstra said. “I think we can start to incorporate him more to who he was and his strengths right before he got injured.

“He was so accommodating the last three or four games just trying to fit in. But we need him to be a little bit more who he is.’’

More than just starting, they need to get him some post touches as well. Bosh took 11 shots in Game 1 and only one of them was within 10 feet. During the regular season, that was more a 50/50 inside/outside ratio. Those touches closer to the basket can help get him going.

And Miami needs to get him going – it can’t be the LeBron James show in this series of the Heat expect to win four out of the next six games.

PBT Extra bold prediction previews: Clippers ready to win West?

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With our PBT Extra videos, we are previewing the entire NBA by using bold predictions, starting in the Pacific Division (we already did the Warriors).

Some of those predictions come from fans on Twitter where I had sent out a request, including the bold prediction for the Clippers.

It could happen, they are certainly contenders. But two things need to happen.

The big one is their defense, which was middle of the pack last season, needs to move into the top 10 (and DeAndre Jordan needs to play consistently like a guy who is third in Defensive Player of the Year voting).

Second is the new and improved bench unit of Lance Stephenson, Josh Smith, and Jamal Crawford (he’s not new) need to mesh into a unit. Those are three guys who like to create for themselves and make questionable shot choices, getting them play well with others could be a bumpy road.

Stephen Curry gives high five while his shot is in air (video)

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Stephen Curry said the defending-champion Warriors would have no problem picking up where they left off.

His swagger certainly remains intact.