Chris Bosh May Not Return for ECF, but Wade and James Find Groove at Right Time

Holly MacKenzie@stackmackNBA Lead BloggerMay 26, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 20:  LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat hugs teammate Dwyane Wade #3 near the end of a win over the Indiana Pacers in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Semifinals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on May 20, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Heat defeated the Pacers 101-93. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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The Miami Heat will be watching Game 7 between the Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers with the rest of us this evening.

As they wait to see who will be facing them in the Eastern Conference finals, they'll also be getting used to the idea that they might not have Chris Bosh back in time for the series.

After their Saturday practice, head coach Erik Spoelstra told reporters that he didn't have any update on the condition of Bosh, who is recovering from an abdominal strain suffered in Game 1 of the Heat's series against the Pacers

ESPN's Mike Wallace tweeted that Bosh had progressed to bike work, but was "still a ways away from on court basketball work" and that he was "Not likely back for ECF."

The Eastern Conference finals will tip off on Monday night. Whether the Heat see Bosh return during that series or not, they have to be feeling good about how Dwyane Wade and LeBron James are playing. The two appear to have found their stride and are playing some of their best basketball of the season, at exactly the right time.

When the two of them are playing as well as they did to close out the Pacers, they make the Heat very tough to beat, even without Bosh on the court. In the series-clinching Game 6 victory, Wade shook off the critics who questioned him after a strange Game 3 performance that saw him score just five points.

He responded in the final three games of the series to post scores of 30 points, 28 points and 41 points. He also crashed the boards in the absence of Bosh and Udonis Haslem, who is serving a one-game suspension for striking Tyler Hansbrough in Game 5. He did all of the things that his team needed him to do, and everything that he didn't do, James took care of.

Despite being without Bosh, the Heat head into the conference finals with their confidence renewed and their star players peaking at just the right time.