The worst-case scenario for the Heat has been realized where Chris Bosh is concerned, as the team has ruled him out for the remainder of the season as he undergoes treatment for blood clots on one of his lungs.
The official release:
The Miami HEAT announced today that Chris Bosh will miss the remainder of the 2014-15 Season, while being treated for blood clots on his lung.
Bosh, who is receiving care under the guidance of Miami HEAT team physicians at a Baptist Health System Hospital, is currently resting comfortably. Chris is OK and his prognosis is good.
This affects the Heat in two major ways.
Miami is currently holding onto the seven-seed in the Eastern Conference playoff picture, but Charlotte, Brooklyn, Detroit, Indiana and Boston are all no more than two-and-a-half games behind. Without Bosh, the Heat will need Goran Dragic to make an immediate impact alongside a healthy Dwyane Wade to maintain that position for the rest of the regular season.
But forgetting about this season, the absence of Bosh may have a very real impact on Dragic’s experience with the Heat, and the team’s ability to re-sign him in free agency this summer.
Dragic has already been tied to the Lakers since being traded to the Heat, and if he’s at all uncertain as to what he does or does not have in Miami with Bosh sidelined, that may open him up even further to looking at other offers.
The most important thing here is the health of Chris Bosh, obviously, and that’s what ultimately matters most. But there will be a ripple-effect for the Heat from a basketball standpoint that will be extremely interesting to watch.