Chris Bosh's abdominal injury may be bad for the Miami Heat

Will Chris Bosh's abdominal injury cool down the Heat?

5/14/12 in NBA   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

May 9, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat power forward Chris Bosh (1) is fouled by New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) during the second half of game five in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at the American Airlines Arena. Miami won 106-94. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIREThe Heat are, without a doubt, the most talented team in the NBA. Most of that hinges around their "Big 3" in LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh.

Unfortunately for the Heat, Bosh left last night's game with a abdominal injury, and we don't quite know how serious it is yet.

UPDATE: Bosh will be out indefinitely, after an MRI revealed he has a strained abdominal.

Without the 3rd member of their Big 3, the Heat suddenly become the Big 2, along with a bunch of guys who would be 6th men for other teams, at best.

If they had to lose any of the Big 3, they'd want it to be Bosh. Of course they'd never admit that, but it's no secret that LeBron, the season MVP, and Dwayne Wade (the NBA Finals MVP in 2006) are their most important players.

Still, without Bosh's presence down low, the Heat will have to rely more heavily on guys like Ronny Turiaf and Joel Anthony, hardly household names.

Mike Prada of SB Nation points out that while Bosh's impact is well behind that of Wade and James, his value is still FAR more than anyone else the Heat have left on the roster.

May 13, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat power forward Chris Bosh (1) reacts during the first half in game one of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Indiana Pacers of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena. Miami won 95-86. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIREThey might still be able to beat the Pacers, with or without Bosh, but if this injury keeps him out for much longer, they might have serious problems against the Celtics, a team that already matches up pretty well with them, compared to most other teams.

For the Heat, nothing short of a championship will be acceptable. Without Bosh, that would get considerably more difficult. We still don't know how long he'll be out, but it could be a while.

Can the Heat win without the 3rd member of their Big 3? For that matter, can they win WITH him?

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5/16/12   |   derms33   |   17642 respect

who knew Giraffe's had sensitive abdomen