The Miami Heat’s run to the NBA championship just got tougher. Forward Chris Bosh underwent an MRI today that revealed an abdominal strain that will sideline him indefinitely.
Bosh suffered the injury when he drove to the basket for a dunk in the first half of the Heat’s 95-86 Game 1 victory over the Indiana Pacers Sunday. He did not return to the game.
The Heat were without Bosh for nine games this season and went 4-5.
Pacers coach Frank Vogel said his team will approach Miami the same, even without Bosh, the Heat’s third best player.
“Our plan isn’t going to change dramatically,” Pacers coach Frank Vogel said. “With Bosh in the lineup we understand LeBron James and Dwyane Wade are major threats. With him out of the lineups we understand they’re major threats. There’s not a lot of differences 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.”
Ronny Turiaf started the second half in Bosh’s place and scored four points and grabbed three rebounds in 10 minutes.