Why Didn’t Erik Spoelstra Play Chris Bosh More In Game 5?
He gets paid $110,000,000.
He averaged 18 points and 8 rebounds.
He’s that force in the middle that the Miami Heat were lacking.
So, why is it that Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra decided to play returning Chris Bosh for only 14 minutes in a momentum swinging game 5 loss to the Boston Celtics?
It just doesn’t make sense. Coming back for the first time this series after an abdominal strain sidelined him in the previous series against the Indiana Pacers, the Heat needed Chris Bosh. Stars don’t sit on the bench in crucial games. It’s not like Chris Bosh couldn’t play; he wanted to play. But for some reason, Erik Spoelstra opted not to play one of his big three when the team needed him most. Why?
When Bosh’s face was shown on the overhead scoreboard, an adrenaline rush went through the crowd. They knew that playing with Bosh is a whole helluva lot better than playing without Bosh. But Coach Spoelstra inexplicably left Bosh on the bench down the stretch and watched as the Miami Heat faded and lost 94-90. It’s not for certain that the Heat would have won with Bosh playing 28 minutes, but there’s just no way you leave one of your “Big 3″ on the bench in a close game when you are trying to get back to the NBA Finals.
It’s been a series of miscues and mistakes by Miami. The Celtics have played extremely well; but watching the Heat not get back on transition, seeing Wade be inconsistent, and leaving Bosh on the bench has been mind boggling. As much flak as LeBron James has received, he’s not to blame for this. He’s been playing out of his mind but the Heat aren’t backing him up.
Game 6 is in Boston and if Miami doesn’t get it together, they will be watching the Finals from home.