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The Miami Heat will have to deal with an ankle injury to Chris Bosh for at least a little while longer. Bosh said that he will probably miss another 1-2 weeks with a high ankle sprain, and coach Erik Spoelstra did not deny that timetable.
Joseph Goodman of the Miami Herald has the story:
Heat forward Chris Bosh indicated Monday that he could be sidelined for an extended period of time due to his high ankle sprain.
"It's quite boring to be me right now at work," Bosh said. "I'm still just trying to feel it out. It's a different situation. I've never had a high ankle sprain. I don't really know how to gauge anything."
Bosh has not been able to run on the treadmill at all, and Spoelstra said he cannot do anything at full speed at this point.
Bosh has not played in over a week, since Bulls center Omer Asik fell on his ankle in a loose ball scrum back on January 15. The Heat are 1-1 in the two games Bosh has missed, losing to the Atlanta Hawks and defeating the Toronto Raptors. With Bosh sidelined, we will likely see more of LeBron James at power forward, whether he likes it or not.
Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh joined teammate LeBron James among the team's walking wounded Saturday night. Bosh torqued his ankle in the third quarter in Miami's 99-96 loss to the Chicago Bulls, and missed almost the entire fourth quarter as Dwyane Wade's 33 points weren't enough to earn a win. The injury happened as Bulls rookie center Omer Asik dove for a loose ball and collided with the side of Bosh's left leg.
As seen at the end of the video, the players met for a fist bump after Bosh got to his feet and tried to walk it off. But the warm fuzzies ended there as a frustrated Bosh bemoaned Asik's decision to dive after the game. From ESPN.com's Brian Windhorst:
"C'mon, that is how guys get hurt, that is how serious injuries happen," Bosh said. "You've got to watch people's legs. I know guys want to hustle and everything but we all want to play and provide for our families and have a job." [...]
"We all want to be healthy and that is very important," said Bosh, who had 11 of his 17 points in the third quarter before the injury. "If it is by somebody's leg, don't dive for the ball, it's too close."
Asik, of course, couldn't have seen Bosh's leg before the big Turk dove, unless Asik has the best peripheral vision in human history. Bosh's comment speaks to much of the criticism of the former Raptor, that he's too "soft" as a big man and avoids physical contact. That reputation probably isn't fair, but quotes like "if it is by somebody's leg, don't dive for the ball" -- that's not going to help Bosh.
Windhorst reports Bosh may undergo an MRI in the coming days to ascertain the seriousness of the ankle injury. The Heat next play Tuesday against the Atlanta Hawks.
The Miami Heat have lost three straight games for the second time this season after falling 99-96 to the Chicago Bulls on Saturday night. LeBron James missed the game due to a sprained ankle, suffered during the Wednesday night loss to the L.A. Clippers that started the skid.
Dwyane Wade scored 33 points to help fill the LeBron void, but Derrick Rose one-upped him with 34. James wasn't the only Heat star with a sore ankle; Chris Bosh, the George Harrison to LeBron and Wade's Lennon and McCartney in the self-proclaimed Heatles, torqued his ankle and missed basically the entire fourth quarter. He had post-game X-rays, which came back negative.
Wade was electric late, and the Heat had a 96-95 lead with 25 seconds to go. But Carlos Boozer helped keep a Rose miss alive, and Kyle Korver turned a loose ball into a game-winning three-pointer. At the other end, a broken play resulted in a Mario Chalmers attempt for the win, but it wouldn't fall in.
The Bulls didn't get a whole lot of offense out of their No. 2 and 3 scorers, as Boozer scored 12 on 6-14 shooting and Luol Deng had 12 on 5-14 shooting. No other Bull hit double-figures; Korver played just 13 minutes off the bench, and his game-winning three-pointer was his only make in four attempts from long-range.
This was a low-pace affair; the Bulls' No. 1 defense let the Heat get pretty close to their season average on offense, even with LeBron missing. That's owed to Wade, who hit four threes, nine free throws and half his shots in total. The Heat finished their road trip 2-3, with the victories both coming in overtime. They return home to South Beach for a battle against the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday; they will need to have both LeBron and Bosh available to be in position to reverse the streak.
Miami then gets some rest, with no games until next Saturday. The Bulls, meanwhile, visit the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday before hosting a long homestand to finish January. That six-game homestand features just two opponents with records better than .500. The Bulls are now two games behind Miami for the No. 2 seed in the East, and one game ahead of the Magic.
One of the NBA's premier matchups will be missing one of the NBA's biggest stars thanks to LeBron James' ankle injury.
The Miami Heat star will miss tonight's game against the Bulls in Chicago thanks to an ankle injury sustained on Wednesday against the Clippers. The South Florida Sun-Sentinel's Ira Winderman has a bit more:
LeBron James tested the ankle, then common sense prevailed. He is a no-go for tonight.
With James out, the Heat will rely even more heavily on Dwyane Wade, making his first trip to his hometown Windy City after flirting with leaving Miami to join the Bulls last summer. And the loss of James' presence on the defensive end may mean great things for Chicago's dynamic point guard, Derrick Rose, and their underrated perimeter player, Luol Deng.
Since James' injury during Wednesday's game, the Heat are 0-2. Their 130-102 loss to the Nuggets on Thursday was their largest defeat of the 2010-11 season.
The Miami Heat, losers of two straight games on the road after having ripped off 13 consecutive wins away from South Beach, have a mighty test on Saturday night in a visit to the Chicago Bulls. The game (8 PM Eastern on NBA TV) pairs off the East's new money; the Bulls and Heat were both in the bottom half of the conference's playoff bracket the last two seasons, but now find themselves fighting with the Boston Celtics for top honors in the East.
The Heat just briefly triumphed over Boston atop the conference before the back-to-back losses to the L.A. Clippers and Denver Nuggets. The Bulls follow closely in the No. 3 spot, three games behind the Heat and four games behind the Celtics.
Of course, the Bulls have to watch their own backs, as the Atlanta Hawks and Orlando Magic breathe down their necks. The Magic dropped a pair of heartbreakers this week; had those games gone the other way, Orlando would be ahead of Chicago right now. That's how small the margin of error among these teams has become. A game here, a game there is all the difference in the world when it comes to home court advantage.
LeBron James' status for the Heat's visit to Chicago is unknown. But Dwyane Wade, a Chicago native, will play. He'll battle Tom Thibodeau, the Bulls coach who reformed Boston's defense over the past three seasons. During last year's first-round series between the Celtics and Heat, Wade shredded Boston for 33 points a game on 56 percent shooting. But the Celtics held down the rest of Miami and rolled 4-1.
The difference now is that Thibodeau doesn't have Rajon Rondo and Kevin Garnett, and Wade has Chris Bosh and, hopefully, LeBron. Despite the talent difference, the Bulls do have the league's very best defense (just over the Celtics, unsurprisingly). The Heat have the NBA's No. 4 offense. Something's gotta give. (And despite Chicago's mediocre offense, Carlos Boozer and Derrick Rose can create chaos and beauty at the same time at any point.)
If LeBron doesn't play, the ability of Boozer and Taj Gibson to hold back Chris Bosh as the Chicago guards (Keith Bogans, unfortunately, and Rose and Ronnie Brewer) and Luol Deng work to limit Wade's freelance penetration will be vital. Should King James suit up, Deng will draw the most difficult task in the NBA against him while Wade earns a bit more space to wig out. It should be a fun battle either way.