Chris Bosh wants Heat’s Big Three to stay intact

Kawhi Leonard of the Spurs tries to play keep away from LeBron James of the Heat in the first quarter of Game 6 of the NBA Finals.
Kawhi Leonard of the Spurs tries to play keep away from LeBron James of the Heat in the first quarter of Game 6 of the NBA Finals. (kievin c. cox/getty images)

MIAMI — Chris Bosh was the lone member of the Big Three who addressed the media after Tuesday’s shootaround and he wore a stoic look, intent on helping the Heat extend this NBA Finals series to seven games and appearing somewhat embarrassed the Spurs’ Danny Green has burned Miami for a Finals record 25 3-pointers.

And it could also serve as the final game for Miami’s Big Three.

There have been persistent rumors the Heat would break up the trio had they lost Game 6 Tuesday night, and Bosh could be dealt in the offseason because of his salary and inconsistent production.


“You never know what to expect, but I think we expect to come out with a great amount of energy,” Bosh said, before the Heat’s 103-100 overtime victory to force a Game 7 Thursday night.

“I think that’s one of the main important things for us. We come out energized and making sure we’re just playing the right way, when we’ve done that, we’ve won those games, so that’s the focus for us.”

Three teams — the 1988 Lakers, 1994 Rockets, and 2010 Lakers — have come back to win both home games after trailing, 3-2, in this 2-3-2 format. Bosh said he wasn’t using that as motivation.

“You kind of have to write your own story,” he said. “You can’t look at what other teams have done and try to think what’s going to happen, because we have to play a very good game.”

Perhaps the 27-game winning streak, the 66-win regular season, and dominant first-round sweep over the Milwaukee Bucks buoyed observers into believing the road to a consecutive NBA title would be unchallenging.

That hasn’t been the case.

The Heat struggled with the shorthanded Chicago Bulls in a brutal five-game series while the Indiana Pacers took the Heat to a seventh game.


“That’s not realistic at all, just think you’re going to breeze through the playoffs,” Bosh said. “It never happens like that. It’s not easy. Nothing worth gaining is easy.

“If people wanted a championship and think it was going to be easy, tough to break it to them, but we’re in Game 6 right now and we’re behind.”

Two years ago, the Heat faced an identical situation, returning home for Game 6 after losing Game 5 at Dallas. The Mavericks played a near-flawless Game 6 and finished the series with a 105-95 victory.

Sticking to plan

When Gregg Popovich opted for his reserves midway through the first quarter, he used veteran Boris Diaw against LeBron James.

Diaw, who played sparingly in the first three games of the series, had a significant impact in Games 4 and 5 with his scoring and staunch defense of James.

Despite the fact Diaw has gained some weight since his prime days with the Phoenix Suns, he has proven to be effective in spurts.

“I feel he did a great job,” forward Kawhi Leonard said of Diaw’s defense.

“He was being physical with him in the post. They are about the same size.

“We still have another game to get and we have to do the same job that we did [in Game 5].”

No change

Miami coach Erik Spoelstra stuck with his starting lineup from the previous two games with Mike Miller at small forward. And for the first time in three games, Miller scored, hitting a 3-pointer at the 10:38 mark of the first quarter. Miller scored 29 points in the first three games, but went scoreless in the previous two . . . Manu Ginobili was back in the starting lineup, but did not score in the first period, missing his lone shot. He finished with 9 points in 35 minutes.


Gary Washburn can be reached at gwashburn@globe.com. You can follow him on Twitter at @gwashNBAGlobe.