Injuries to key players most likely altered the outcome of the Post Season for the Chicago Bulls and the Orlando Magic; as the Bulls lost to the eighth seeded Philadelphia 76ers, after losing point guard Derrick Rose and center Joakim Noah and the Magic lost to the Indiana Pacers while center Dwight Howard underwent back surgery. The Miami Heat are now in a similar situation as the “Miami Herald” reported Monday that forward Chris Bosh could miss the rest of his team’s match-up against the Pacers, as MRI results revealed that the veteran strained an abdominal muscle on Sunday during the Heat’s 95-86 game one victory over Indiana.
The big man hurt himself with about a minute left in the first half of the contest while completing a dunk on Pacers center Roy Hibbert. Hibbert was called for a foul on the play; however it did not seem to be the cause of the injury. Bosh collapsed to his knees after the dunk, then made his shot at the line; he tried to continue playing, however the pain was too severe.
The Miami forward told reporters “That’s when I noticed I couldn’t really move the way I wanted to. Initially it was off the jump and then I was able to walk and everything, but running is a totally different story.”
The club has officially stated that his return is unknown; however Bosh inferred that he would not be back until this series has been completed. The veteran said “Our team is going to be successful, and whether I’m playing or not I’m still going to be a part of that. I just have to make sure that I support them any kind of way and, you know, this season has to be extended for me to play again.”
The Heat were able to end the regular campaign with the second best record in the Eastern Conference, despite Bosh missing nine contests and guard Dwyane Wade on the sidelines for 17 games. They were able to capture the victory in the first game of the series without the big man playing in the second half; however they will have a tough task ahead of them to get another three wins going up against the Pacers front-court with Bosh out of action.
Indiana definitely has a better match-up at least on paper; with veteran David West at power forward and Roy Hibbert, who made his first NBA All-Star squad this season at center. Miami will counter with Udonis Haslem at the four-spot with either Rony Turiaf or Joel Anthony manning the pivot position. The series resumes on Tuesday in Miami.