Chris Bosh participates in “light workout” prior Game 1
However, late Sunday afternoon’s workout was nothing more than a stepping stone on his way to rehab from the abdominal strain. Chris bosh underwent some basic drills such as catching the ball and turning with it, as well as shooting free throws. Chris Bosh’s lateral movement was also the focus of the workout session. The workout was being supervised by Miami Heat’s assistant coach Keith Askins, while team president Pat Riley observed the performance from the sidelines for any indications of improvement since the injury.
Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra settled any doubts regarding Chris Bosh’s participation in the Eastern Conference Finals Game 1 on Monday. Although Erik Spoelstra regarded Chris Bosh’s workout as a good sign, he did not by any means equate it to as an opportunity for the All-Star to play a part in Game 1.
“It’s a positive sign… [But] I wouldn't over-read into his workout yesterday,” stated Erik Spoelstra. "It was more of a progression of a rehab than it was a basketball workout, but I can see how it would be interpreted differently.”
Erik Spoelstra hinted that Chris Bosh’s participation in such light workout will soon become a norm as he is headed towards recovery.
“He'll continue to do his rehab,” said Erik Spoelstra. “We'll continue to reevaluate every day. When he starts legitimate basketball work I'll pay attention a little bit more.”
Chris Bosh is set to miss another match since his Game 1 of the round one-series against the Indiana Pacers. After the MRI revealed an abdominal strain, Chris Brosh was predicted to make a recovery within a week or two’s margin, but Miami Heat chose to play it safe and labeled Chris Bosh as “indefinitely out.”
"There's still no timetable," declared Erik Spoelstra.
He described Chris Bosh’s drills as a "light workout" aimed to be "more rehab-oriented."
However, Chris Bosh missed team workout when Miami Heat headed to the court on Sunday. Chris Bosh’s condition may allow some light conditioning but he is certainly not ready for contact in the game. Erik Spoelstra had confirmed that Chris Bosh was still in the early stages of rehab, and thus he was going to make the best of the hand he was dealt with.
"I'm preparing for who we have in the gym,” explained Erik Spoelstra. “So our focus is (Monday). That's all that any of our guys should be focused on."
Hence, the pressure just keeps building on LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, who have been covering Chris Bosh’s scoring margin since the injury.
"Those 15 shots that Bosh had, they are going to (Dwyane) Wade and LeBron (James),” observed Erik Spoelstra. In some ways, they have the ball more, they are more aggressive, it almost activated them to be more aggressive. Which puts a lot of stress on the defense."