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Chris Bosh Injury: Kevin Garnett Too Tough to Stop Even with a Healthy Bosh

MIAMI, FL - MAY 01:  Kevin Garnett #5  of the Boston Celtics posts up Chris Bosh #1 of the Miami Heat during game one of the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the 2011 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena on May 1, 2011 in Miami, Florida. 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 Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Matt ShetlerCorrespondent IJune 7, 2012

The most intriguing storyline surrounding Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals surrounds the health of forward Chris Bosh and how many minutes he will be available after Erik Spoelstra only played the seven-time All-Star 14 minutes in Game 5 (Bosh sat out the entire fourth quarter).

While Bosh is expected to play more in Game 6, the truth is that it really doesn't matter as the Heat wouldn't be able to effectively defend Boston's Kevin Garnett

ESPN's Brian Windhorst reports that although Spoelstra hasn't made it official yet, Bosh is expected to start Game 6 on Thursday night.

While that may give the Heat another scoring option, ultimately it's going to do very little to solve their biggest problem, and that's KG is tearing them up in the paint.

Overall, Garnett is averaging 21.6 points, 10.8 rebounds and is shooting 49 percent during the series. What's worse for Miami is that the entire Celtics team is having success scoring inside.

In Miami's two wins during the series, they allowed on average only 32 points per game in the paint. But during the Celtics' three wins, Boston is averaging 45.4 points per game in the paint.

It doesn't matter who is trying to guard KG, they aren't getting the job done.

Bosh adds more length to the Miami front line, but is likely to do very little to change that. Even though he only played 14 minutes in Game 5, he didn't impact the game defensively as the Celtics ended up scoring 40 points in the paint, their second highest total of the series.

Bosh's presence will make it tougher, but Garnett is on an amazing roll right now as you can make a case that he's the MVP of the entire postseason.

Slowing KG down right now will take a total team effort and the Heat have shown through five games that they aren't capable of getting that done.

You can make the case that KG only averaged 15.3 points and 7.3 rebounds against the Heat during the regular season, but he shot 58 percent from the floor during those three games.

He also took only 12.7 shot attempts in those games, considerably less than the 18 he's averaging this series.

So while Bosh returning to the Heat lineup could be a morale boost to a team that's lost three straight games and is on the verge of elimination, in reality it does very little to solve their biggest weakness of stopping KG.

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