Apparently, Chris Bosh doesn’t think so highly of starting in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
“I think it’ll be irrelevant for as long as we’re playing,” Bosh said Saturday when asked if the start-or-not issue affects him. “It really doesn’t matter for me. I just want to be out there and as long as I get to play, it doesn’t matter. I think we have a good thing going right now and I’ll continue to come off the bench as long as it’s good. I’m going to have my time out there with certain lineups and that’s not going to change my approach and how I do things.”
Even though Bosh is averaging a mere eight points, 6.5 rebounds and 37.5% shooting this series, his presence does matter for the Miami Heat. While he’s on the floor, Miami outscores Boston by 6.3 points per 100 possessions. When he’s not on the floor, Boston dominates the Heat to a tune of 30.4 points per 100 possessions.
Bosh’s size also impacts the Celtics’ ability to rebound the ball; Boston corrals an outstanding 82.9% of available defensive rebounds without Bosh patrolling the paint.
Game 7 is scheduled to tip off tonight at 8:30 p.m EST.