The Miami Heat were able to pull out a win on Sunday afternoon against the Indiana Pacers, but it didn't come easy. LeBron James and Dwyane Wade both had to play an excellent brand of basketball down the stretch after losing fellow All-Star Chris Bosh due to injury.
It wasn't clear what exactly had happened to Bosh when he was forced out of the game, but news from the sideline was that he'd miss the remainder of the game with an abdominal strain. An MRI on Monday morning confirmed that diagnosis and, unfortunately for the Heat, the injury is going to keep him out "indefinitely."
Injury Update: The MRI on @ChrisBosh revealed a strained abdominal muscle. He is out indefinitely.— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) May 14, 2012
This type of injury is tough to judge and, without the Heat giving any sort of timetable, it's difficult to guess how severe Bosh's injury is -- meaning whether it keeps him out for two games or two weeks is largely up in the air.
As long as Bosh is out, the Heat offense will struggle -- something colleague Mike Prada wrote about on Monday morning.
The Heat will especially miss Bosh offensively. When Bosh is in the game, James and Wade have a pick and pop partner that spaces the floor and opens up driving lanes. When he's not, the paint is clogged, the ball movement stinks and the "my turn" offense that many accuse the Heat of relying on too much rears its ugly head.