As far as guarantees go, this one seems lukewarm at best. As far as bulletin board material, this quote probably won’t so much as even warrant an eye-roll from San Antonio Spurs’ head coach Gregg Popovich. Nevertheless, Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh stated his expectations for game five of the NBA Finals in no uncertain terms.
When asked about their season potentially ending on Sunday night, Bosh said it’s not going to happen. From ESPN’s Heat Index:
“We’re not going down. We’re going to win this game tonight,” Bosh said Sunday. “We’re going to come. We prepare like we need to do. Plain and simple, we’re going to win this game.”
Asked if he was guaranteeing a victory, Bosh said: “I don’t care about guarantees. We’re just going to win the game.”
Seriously, don’t bother Chris Bosh about guarantees. Even when he’s making one, he doesn’t care about guarantees, OK?
To predict a victory in one game is not necessarily that bold, though it might be in the context of this series. The Spurs have rendered the Heat helpless the last two games, winning convincingly twice and especially in a game four blowout. In that sense it might have been better for Bosh to ere more on the side of the usual cliches: make adjustments, take it one quarter at a time, just trying to get better, etc.
It will take something drastic for the Heat to turn this series around and fend off elimination. Not many people, even some in the Heat locker room, can reasonably think that’s going to happen. But you can count Bosh as one member of that small group.