Heat say Bosh out “indefinitely” with strained abdominal muscle


The results from the MRI are in and it is not good.

Chris Bosh will be out “indefinitely” with a strained abdominal muscle suffered in the first half of the Heat’s Game 1 win over the Indiana Pacers Sunday, the Heat have announced. The reason for no timeline is that these injuries are very hard to predict, based on severity and other factors. Most likely he is out for this series at least.

As we said in a more detailed post, this likely does not hurt the Heat too much in this series — although Indiana’s size advantage with Roy Hibbert in the paint just got bigger and you can bet they will work to exploit it more. The Pacers are not an easy out.

For Miami, everyone just moves up a chair. LeBron James will now play more time at the four spot, with Ronny Turiaf and Joel Anthony splitting time at the five, plus Udonis Haslem will have to step up. When the Heat had to go to those lineups during the regular season they still outscored their opponents (their regular starting lineup but with Shane Battier for Bosh was +3.3 per 48 minutes), just not by as much as when Bosh was on the floor (+6 per 48 with starters). It’s like that however you cut it up. Put simply, no matter what your local talk radio host says, the Heat are not better off without Bosh — the numbers across the board show they take a step back without him.

Again, the Heat should still get past a good but not yet good enough Pacers team. And while the Celtics or Sixers present new challenges in the next round. The Heat may be without Bosh but likely still would be good enough to advance.

But beyond that… the Heat will try to cross that bridge when the come to it. But if the Thunder are by that bridge the Heat are going to need Bosh.

Bosh has high ankle sprain, could miss another week, more


Chris Bosh is not the best player on the Miami Heat. He may be the most indispensable — with Udonis Haslem out, the drop off among bigs after Bosh is dramatic. They have nobody else who comes close to bringing what Bosh brings to the table.

And Bosh is going to be out a little while longer.

He has missed the Heat’s last two games and could be out another week or two with what he told the Miami Herald was the dreaded high ankle sprain. But there is no real timeline, Bosh and coach Erik Spoelstra seem to be just playing it by ear. But when Spoelstra was asked if it could be a couple of weeks he didn’t shoot that idea down.

Next up for the Heat is the Knicks on Thursday night. That is a team where LeBron James could spend a lot of time at the four spot as the Heat go small, something the Knicks would not be able to exploit. It means more LeBron post-up game. But they will miss having Bosh to match up on Amar’e Stoudemire. After that come the Pistons, Thunder and Cavaliers on the schedule (Sunday against the Thunder the Heat really would miss Bosh’s length).

The injury took place when the Bulls’ Omer Asik fell into Bosh’s leg going for a loose ball 10 days ago. Because of having just one game over seven days, Bosh has not missed a lot of Heat games thus far, but the pace of the Heat schedule is about to change.