ESPN is reporting that Miami Heat All-Star power forward Chris Bosh has suffered an abdominal strain, and is out indefinitely. The team is operating according to the belief that Bosh will miss the rest of the series against the Indiana Pacers.
The injury occurred during a dunk Sunday. Bosh had to leave the game early, but the Heat took a game 1 victory against the Pacers regardless.
Bosh seems to be staying positive. "It's not the worst thing that could happen," he said after practice Monday according to The NY Daily News, . "We'll see how my body responds, but the season has to be extended for me to play again."
Bosh's teammate LeBron James said, "We're moving along as if he's not going to return."
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said the team was encouraged and relieved that the MRI revealed that Bosh would not need surgery, ESPN reports. Earlier, this season, Heat shooting guard Mike Miller suffered a sports hernia and did need surgery.
"We're looking at that as good news. It could've been much worse," Spoelstra said. "I actually felt better today."
Spoelstra wouldn't comment on who will start in Bosh's place. According to ESPN, Ronny Turiaf and LeBron James both played Bosh's role once he left Sunday.
It would seem as if Spoelstra will implement the same strategy for Game 2, but he said nothing is "set in stone."
He said that all he can really do at this point is "make changes and adjustments" until he finds something that works.
Meanwhile, the Pacers don't look at Bosh's injury as any sort of advantage, the Indy Star reports.
The team still has to contend with All-Star players, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, and in spite of Bosh's injury, they still lost to the Heat Sunday.
"Our play isn't going to change dramatically," Pacers coach Frank Vogel said before practice Monday. "With Bosh in the lineup, we understand that LeBron and Wade are major threats. With Bosh out of the lineup, we understand they're major threats. There's not a lot of difference in how you're going to approach the game. Obviously it helps (us) not having Bosh's scoring ability out there, but they have other guys," he said.
The Spurs' Manu Ginobili missed 2 weeks with a similar injury earlier in the season,The NY Daily News reports.