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Heat F Chris Bosh (abdominal muscle strain) out indefinitely after MRI

By Ben Golliver | Blogger

It sounds like it will be the Big 2 for the time being.

The Miami Heat announced on Monday that an MRI confirmed that All-Star forward Chris Bosh suffered an abdominal muscle strain on Sunday. Bosh is listed as out indefinitely.

Following the Heat's practice on Monday, coach Erik Spoelstra attempted to downplay the severity of the injury.

"We thought it could be a lot worse," he said, according to ESPN.com.

He refused to provide a recovery timeline.

"We're not even going to speculate," Spoelstra said, according to the Palm Beach Post, although he did call the MRI diagnosis "good news."

Bosh also refused to offer a specific timeline for his return but the Palm Beach Post reported that he said: "This season has to be extended for me to play."

Meanwhile, Heat forward LeBron James suggested that Bosh might not return against the Pacers.

"We're moving along as if he's not going to return," James said, according to ESPN.com.

Bosh suffered the injury during Game 1 of an Eastern Conference semifinals series against the Indiana Pacers. The injury occurred with a little more than one minute remaining before halftime with the Pacers leading 48-39. Bosh drove down the middle of the lane and extended to dunk over Pacers center Roy Hibbert. He was fouled on the play but the injury seemed unrelated to the contact, as he fell to the floor, doubled over in pain. Bosh collected himself to shoot his free throw and briefly attempted to play through the pain, but he left for the locker room shortly thereafter and did not return to the game.

Bosh departed Game 1 with 13 points and 5 rebounds on 6-for-11 shooting in 16 minutes.

Without Bosh, the Heat went on to win 95-86. Game 2 is set for Tuesday night in Miami.

Bosh, 28, averaged 18.0 points and 7.9 rebounds per game for the Heat this season. He appeared in 57 of Miami's 66 regular-season games.
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