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Heat will be just fine with Bosh out… at least for a while

May 14, 2012, 2:36 AM EDT

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We don’t know yet how long Chris Bosh may be out with a strained abdominal muscle suffered in the Heat’s Game 1 win over the Pacers. We know it was serious enough to keep Bosh out of the second half Sunday, but until an MRI Monday we don’t know how long he’ll be out. Thing is, abdominal strains can take a while to heal.

If the Heat are without Bosh for a while they will be good — they just shift LeBron James over to the four spot. LeBron had an amazing PER of 29.1 when he played the three but it was 37.1 when he played power forward (via 82games.com). The Heat’s starting lineup this year without Bosh — with Shane Battier at the three and LeBron at the four — was +3.3 points per 48 minutes, which is not as good as the team’s +5.9 overall but it is good.

The problem is not LeBron at the four, it’s who comes in when LeBron sits. And it’s what lies ahead of the Heat.

If Bosh is out for any significant amount of time, it’s going to put more pressure on Udonis Haslem when he comes in off the bench, and outside of on the glass he has been unimpressive in the playoffs so far. Ronny Turiaf, who brings a lot of energy and fouls with him, will get some run (especially against the Pacers and Roy Hibbert). Mike Miller is also going to have to step up and pick up some offensive load.

But really, it’s going to be more on Lebron and Dwyane Wade on offense — and that is why the Heat will not feel the pain right now. Those guys can do more. LeBron had a ridiculous game Sunday with 32 points, 15 rebounds, five assists a couple steals and just one turnover. Wade had 29 points. Those two are capable of putting up those numbers or better against anyone on any night.

The Pacers are a good team, they are going to win a couple games this series, but they simply can’t stop the Heat’s two big guns in the fourth quarter and Bosh or no this is the last stop on their playoff train this year.

The real concern in Miami is how long Bosh will be out, because eventually Bosh will be missed.

Where the Heat will start to miss Bosh is if they don’t have him to shadow Kevin Garnett in the next round (if the Celtics advance). Where they would really miss him is if he were still out come the finals. They will need all they have against an Oklahoma City Thunder that comes at you with wave after wave of amazing athletes. Or they will need him to match up with Tim Duncan. Or there is a long shot chance they will need him to match up with the size of the Lakers front line with Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum, or the Clippers athletic front line as well.

Bosh may be the third part of the triad, but he plays a key role in some matchups, and the Heat will need him back these playoffs. So the MRI on Monday will tell us a lot about the Heat going forward.

  1. koloofai - May 14, 2012 at 2:48 AM

    Have no fear for the dynamic duo are here!! Get well Bosh!!

  2. david0303 - May 14, 2012 at 3:14 AM

    bosh is soft

  3. moseskkim - May 14, 2012 at 4:53 AM

    Lebron’s versatility is another reason he is the best in the game. Shane battier has been the x factor though. People overrate lebrons defense so much. Yeah he’s great but he doesn’t have to guard the premier wing players because battier works his behind guarding them. Lebron uses that energy on offense. What a luxury to have battier. Bosh sucks. But Miami needs him back for a chance at a title.

    • duane888 - May 14, 2012 at 9:28 PM

      U must have missed the NY series. The only game NY won was when Melo torched Battier for 43 points. Game 5 MIA went back to Lebron defending Melo and it was series over!! It should have been a sweep.

  4. cantonbound13 - May 14, 2012 at 6:42 AM

    Bosh spice is suffering from menstral cramps.

  5. DonRSD - May 14, 2012 at 7:02 AM

    James Jones…..spread the floor for LBJ & DWade.

  6. starks3 - May 14, 2012 at 7:36 AM

    Heat will still sweep series without Bosh. Not sure they can get by Celts without him though.

  7. thekingdave - May 14, 2012 at 8:41 AM

    Bosh, Chalmers, Joel Anthony, and Haslem to the Rockets for Kevin Martin, Scola, and Lowry.

  8. abchome - May 14, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    Is it possible to have a 2nd baby this soon?!?!

  9. lucky5934 - May 14, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    All I am going to say is if the Heat do not win the title this year with all of the injuries and watered down league, then they never will. The only team I can see beating them is the Thunder. So they better pray Bosh comes back soon.

  10. 11jlacy - May 14, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    The pacers should go downlow all day heat might lose this gm.

    • kinggw - May 14, 2012 at 2:47 PM

      With what? There is this misconception that the Pacers have a bunch of talented bigs. They have Hibbert who is far from dominant and West, Hansbrough, Amundson, and Granger. Other than Hibbert they have a bunch of 6’9 guys and only two of them are threats to score. They really only have one guy considering that LBJ is on Granger. Sorry Pacers fans, this aint the Magic.

  11. thekingdave - May 14, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    That’s funny, thumbs down all you want but learn something about basketball in the process before you shit on the Rockets players. Lowry just by himself has a PER equal to Bosh’s. This trade actually increases Miami’s projected win total by at least 4, rounds out their bench, and gambles on Kevin Martin possibly returning to form. But whatever, hang onto Bosh and keep playing NBA 2k12.

  12. yagru - May 14, 2012 at 12:47 PM

    Heat may not beat the Cs with Bosh.. If Bosh is out, the heat will not beat the Cs in a 7 game series.

  13. fouldwimmerlaik - May 14, 2012 at 2:25 PM

    This is when the Heat finally figure out they should never have signed Bosh. They will do well without him and they will think about how they could have spent the money they are paying Bosh on better players to put around Lebron and Wade. I have always said since these three signed with Miami, the Heat would eventually regret signing Bosh.

  14. canehouse - May 14, 2012 at 3:15 PM

    The Pacers will make adjustments for game 2 to further attempt to exploit Miami’s lack of height… but what Miami lacks in height they make up for in speed on the doubles… i have to think Vogel is going to greenlight even more attempts from 3.

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