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The exception was at Cleveland in 2010, a 120-88 romp that went down James’ final home game as a member of the Cavaliers.

“No one said it was easy,” James said. “This is great. This is what the postseason is all about. It’s about adversity and ups and downs. Like I said, you never get too high and you never get too low. We look forward to Game 5.”

They’ll especially look forward to it if Bosh gets the all-clear sign on Tuesday. Bosh has had several on-court workouts in the past week, and Spoelstra said he was going to evaluate him again Monday.

Bosh was injured late in the first half of the opening game in the Indiana-Miami second round series on May 13. In the nine postseason games since, Miami has gone 5-4. If he can play, the Heat would welcome whatever Bosh can provide, even if that means working a key player back into the lineup to face Garnett and Boston’s frontcourt in the midst of a playoff series.

Chris is obviously very talented and poses his own problems, but I don’t think Kevin is that concerned with whoever’s there,” Rivers said.

Since Bosh arrived with James to play alongside Wade in Miami in July 2010, the Heat have won 72 percent (116-45) of their games with him in the lineup. Without Bosh, Miami has won only 52 percent of the time, going 12-11.

“We couldn’t win without him for two years. And not only could we not win without him, we looked horrible without him,” Spoelstra said. “So I think that was the bigger challenge. If and when we ever get to that point, we’ll gladly take that challenge. He was our most important player for a long period of time.”


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