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NBA Finals: Will the Heat's Chris Bosh remain the third wheel?

Bosh said he will do whatever coach Erik Spoelstra wants, whether it's start or come off the bench.
By John Rohde Published: June 11, 2012

During the regular season, Bosh started all 57 games he played, averaging 18.0 points, 7.9 rebounds and shooting 48.7 percent from the field. Bosh posting these same numbers in the Finals literally would turn up the heat on OKC.

Though the Thunder is in its first Finals, three players have championship rings in Derek Fisher (five), Kendrick Perkins (one) and Nazr Mohammed (one).

OKC's four core players, however, are all 23 years old or younger in Durant (23), Westbrook (23), Harden (22) and Serge Ibaka (22).

What the Heat experienced in losing 4-2 to the Dallas Mavericks in last year's Finals could be advantageous to Miami.

“I don't know. I guess so,” Bosh said. “I look at it as anything we do is an advantage. That's how I want to look at the whole situation. We have experience. I have experience. We have experience with the bad part, with the pain and the suffering that comes with it. That's something that can really help us as this series goes on.

“We just know what to expect. I think our composure's going to be better and we're going to play our best basketball, period. It hasn't been an easy road back here.”

New to the Heat is playing the role of the underdog. The Thunder is a 3-2 favorite, and Bosh didn't seem the least bit offended.

“I think it's great,” Bosh said. “We've dealt with many things in our short time (last two years) together and the fact we're not always the favorite I think is a great position to be in. It really doesn't matter. We were the favorites last year and look what happened. Favorites, home court, that really doesn't come into play too much. It's about who's out there and who's playing.”

Will Bosh be one of those out there playing?


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