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INJURY KEEPS BOSH OUT OF SERIES AGAINST THE PACERS
Thu, 17 May 2012 02:52 AM EDT

An MRI on Monday showed Chris Bosh suffered an abdominal strain and the Miami Heat has ruled him out indefinitely. The team is operating under the belief he will miss the rest of the playoff series with the Indiana Pacers. Odds

Bosh was hurt late in the 1st half as he drove for a dunk of the Heat’s 95-86 Game One win on Sunday and got fouled by Indiana’s Roy Hibbert. The foul surely played no role in the injury, as Bosh fell forward to his hands and knees after landing and stayed down for a couple of seconds. He got up and made his free throw, but dropped to the court again on the following possession, leaving the game for evaluation.

“This season needs to be extended for me to play again. That’s what’s on my head,” Bosh expounded. “We started therapy and it’s a process. We’ll see how my body replies.”

The fact that the team didn’t put an agenda on Bosh’s return means that his strain isn’t mild. But the team hasn’t ruled him out for the season, so his injury likely falls within the moderate category of abdominal strains. Typically, players who’ve suffered this kind of injury have been out from 2 to 4 weeks.

“We’re moving on as if he is not going to return in this series but we’ll see,” LeBron James declared.

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said the team was inspired by the MRI results, which showed that Bosh didn’t suffer with a complete tear that will require surgery. Earlier this season Mike Miller suffered a similar injury, a sports hernia that did require surgery.

“We’re having a look at that as good news, it could’ve been much worse,” Spoelstra said. “I essentially felt better today.”

Spoelstra wouldn’t say who would start in Bosh’s place at center opposite Pacers All-Star Roy Hibbert. In Game 1 Spoelstra promoted reserve Ronny Turiaf to that role but also expanded James’ minutes at power forward.

That is the most likely system for Game Two with James’ role perhaps changing the most. He played power forward during the 4th quarter Sun., scoring sixteen points and holding Pacers power forward David West to only 2 points.

“This changes the dynamic a little bit,” Spoelstra said. “It’s not always set in stone. I’ll make changes and adjustments as we go and see what works. That’s just the way that it has to be.”

The Pacers still feel the Heat have adequate weapons.

“Our plan isn’t going to change significantly,” Pacers coach Frank Vogel asserted. “With Bosh in the lineup we understand LeBron and [Dwyane] Wade are significant threats. With him out of the lineups we understand they’re real threats. There are not great deals of variations in how you’re going to approach the game. Obviously it helps [us] not having Bosh’s scoring capability out there but they have other guys.”

For the Heat, part of winning anywhere for a minimum of the instant future will be beating not having Bosh, somebody whom James, the reigning NBA MVP, customarily makes reference to as Miami’s most critical player.


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