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Thursday evening Heat-Celtics notebook: Bosh news; Rivers on why Heat is tougher now

Chris Bosh is traveling with the Heat for the first time since suffering his abdominal injury but will not play in Games 3 or 4 in Boston, coach Erik Spoelstra said Thursday.

Spoelstra said Bosh took the trip to continue doing rehabilitation and some on-court work with the team’s training staff and assistant coaches.

Asked when Bosh will be able to participate in contact practices, Spoelstra said, “That’s way.” Then he stopped himself and said, “It’s too early to tell.” But he said he is encouraged by the progress.

The Heat remains very hopeful that Bosh will be ready for the NBA Finals, which will begin June 10 or June 12. A return during this series has not been completely ruled out, though nobody is obviously counting on that.

Bosh, who suffered the injury May 13 in Game 1 against Indiana, has done an on-court workout three consecutive days, which included some shooting. The Heat is 5-2 in the seven full games that Bosh has missed.

RIVERS: HEAT CHANGES

Celtics coach Doc Rivers said it has become clear that Heat players “trust each other better” than they previously did. He said it was easier to defend Miami in earlier matchups because “the ball is in Dwyane Wade’s and LeBron James’ hands. Now more guys are involved and it’s making it more difficult to guard them. Mario Chalmers is playing with far more confidence.”

Celtics guard Keyon Dooling said Chalmers is “extremely underrated, in my opinion.”

### Asked if he is OK with Chalmers, Udonis Haslem and players other than James and Wade getting their points, Rivers said, “That has to be taken away. Chalmers made shots and you have to give him credit. [But] 10 to 12 [of his 22 points] were our fault. Almost all of Haslem’s [13 points] were defensive breakdowns.”

### Rivers said the Celtics “did not involve” Kevin Garnett enough in the offense. He scored 18 points but shot 6 for 18, including 0 for 2 in overtime.

Former NBA guard Wally Szczerbiak, who works for CBS Sports Network, ripped Garnett, tweeting: “KG is another one lacks the clutch gene; always has.” That tweet was later deleted by Szczerbiak, who reportedly didn’t have a good relationship with Garnett as Minnesota Timberwolves teammates.

### Wade said the way he handled the defensive assignment on Ray Allen’s open three-pointer that tied the score with 34 seconds left in regulation was “a bone-head play on my part. If I was going to rotate, I should have stayed with my body on Kevin Garnett, made the pass tougher. I had to make something happen in overtime to make up for it.”

### In its history, the Heat has won all nine previous series in which it won the first two games. The Celtics have rallied from an 0-2 hole to win a series just once in 13 such scenarios (the 1969 Finals against the Lakers).

### Rondo played the entire game for the first time in his career. Orlando’s Dwight Howard did that twice in last year’s playoffs. “I felt fine,” Rondo said. “I wanted to play every minute.”

 

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