Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh is expected to play more in Game 6 tonight. (Nathaniel S. Butler/Getty Images)
Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh played limited minutes in his first game back with the team, but Bosh is expected to play more in Game 6 tonight against the Boston Celtics, reports ESPN.com's Michael Wallace.
“I’m still going through that thought process,” Miami coach Erik Spoelstra said Wednesday about his plans for Bosh's playing time. “But I think he’ll be able to handle a bigger load of minutes, and it’ll be based more on how he’ll feel during the game.”
Spoelstra was criticized for limiting Bosh to only 14 minutes in Game 5, the forward's first game back with the team after suffering an abdominal strain. Bosh had been out since Game 1 of the Heat's second-round series with the Indiana Pacers.
The sharpest criticism came because when Miami needed a push in the fourth quarter, Spoelstra did not reinsert Bosh, who had nine points and seven rebounds off the bench.
"Those are the decisions you have to make," Spoelstra said. "And I know after the fact, those can always be second-guessed. But we're treading in kind of new waters right now, and (Bosh) had been out quite a while. But he'll play more (in Game 6)."