The Miami Heat have shot up the Eastern Conference Standings to the three seed and have won 7-of-10, all thanks to playing more up-tempo basketball. It’s been an impressive run since the All-Star break. However, the conventional wisdom around the league is that when the games slow down and defenses hone in during the playoffs, the Heat will be in trouble without Chris Bosh.
Bosh cannot play in the NBA while still on blood thinners to keep blood clots from forming in his body. That’s not in dispute — clots reached his lungs last season and threatened his life, at the first sign of them this season (around the All-Star break) he was shut down and put back on blood thinners.
He is still on them, according to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald (hat tip Eye on Basketball), but the question is when he should come off them.
Chris Bosh, whose blood clot in his calf has dissipated, was still on blood thinners as of early this week, and the Heat and Bosh have received different medical opinions about how soon he can come off the medication, according to someone with direct knowledge. Bosh remains hopeful of playing this season but can do that only if he’s not on thinners.
Some doctors recommend staying on blood thinners from three to six months after a clot develops. But that isn’t a unanimous view, and that’s one issue being debated with regard to Bosh. If he can come off the thinners sooner, he could potentially play again this season — something Bosh has said he remains “positive” about being able to do.
Bosh said back on March 10 he didn’t have any blood clots and was working out hoping for a return this season.
The Heat know how badly Bosh wants to return, but are trying to stay neutral. Here is what Pat Riley said recently, via Jason Lieser of the Palm Beach Post.
“We’re supportive of Chris and what he’s going through and we’re just going to wait and see what the future holds,” Riley said. “Right now, that’s the way it is. There really isn’t any comment. I have great empathy for the man. I know how much he wants to play. We’ll see how that goes.”
When pressed specifically for the team’s stance on Bosh trying to play this season, Riley answered, “Open-minded, absolutely open-minded. That’s our position.”
That’s some good tap dancing by Riley. But it sounds like doctors are disagreeing (and why do I have a feeling some lawyers are weighing in, too), and there are some tough decisions to be made.