On a night when the Boston Celtics were determined to hit the Heat literally where they're hurting by pounding the ball inside to Kevin Garnett, Miami had no options to counter. For the previous five games, the Heat were able to overcome their lack of reliable depth inside the paint.
But for the first time since Bosh went down with the strained abdominal muscle he sustained in Game 1 of the previous series against the Indiana Pacers, Miami played like it completely missed its most effective interior player…
The question facing the Heat now is, how will they respond Sunday? Among the answers could be to utilize seldom-used center Dexter Pittman, who became available in Game 3 after serving a three-game suspension for a flagrant foul he committed in the Indiana series. But Pittman lacks the experience and quickness to keep up with Garnett.
Beyond Turiaf, Pittman and Joel Anthony, the Heat also have Eddy Curry on the roster, although the veteran has played sparingly this season and remains far more of a long-range project than a stop-gap prospect at center.
So then comes Bosh, who has gone through five workouts that have included basketball-related drills this week in his attempt to eventually return to action. After indicating Thursday that it was "too early" to speculate when Bosh might be available to play, Spoelstra declined before Friday's game to rule him out of the mix for Game 4.
When Chris Bosh went down with his abdominal injury, some claimed his absence would open up the floor for LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. They no longer had to worry about Bosh getting shots and could play more freely. James and Wade responded with some monster games. Suddenly, the Heat were better without Bosh.
Not so much anymore.
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Can't help but laugh at the reaction by ESPN reporter Brian Windhorst. It looks like he deleted the tweet from his account, but the hilarious description is still alive on the RSS feed.