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NBA Finals: Heat coach Erik Spoelstra decides to go with small lineup in Game 2

LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Mario Chalmers, Chris Bosh and Shane Battier started together for the first time of this season's playoffs.
By John Rohde Modified: June 15, 2012 at 1:24 am •  Published: June 15, 2012

“I just wanted to be more aggressive coming out starting,” Bosh said. “I knew it's been such a big deal the past day or so, but that's my comfort zone. Either way, if I'm out there, I'm going to be effective. But giving the nod to start, I just wanted to make sure I play good defense and just space the floor correctly and everything would take care of itself.”

After a long film session on Wednesday, Spoelstra determined it was time to get Bosh back on the court after walking through some plays at practice. Bosh walked out and stood directly under the rim.

“That told me what we were doing today in terms of starting him,” Spoelstra said, “and he gave us a lot in the paint – and we need that again and again and again.”

After getting outscored 56-40 in the paint in Game 1, the Heat outscored the Thunder 48-32 in the paint in Game 2.

“I knew we needed more of Chris Bosh,” Spoelstra said. “I think that he already had enough games (coming back from the injury). I think I was leaning that way, and that (film session) cemented my decision. I loved it, and we didn't even talk about it.”

James once again led the way for Miami with 32 points, eight rebounds and five assists. He also went 12 for 12 from the line.


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