The Miami Heat are certainly exceeding expectations with Chris Bosh out due to a blood clot. They are currently sitting fourth in the Eastern Conference with a 36-26 record and just one game back of Boston for the third seed. And they’ve won seven of their last nine games without Bosh while also doing very well against the spread.
However, they certainly wouldn’t mind having the 11-time All-Star and his production back on the court. According to a recent tweet, it might not be long before Bosh returns to the lineup.
“Feeling Good! Feeling great!” Bosh tweeted. He added, “Workout was good today! Music playlist was all over the place from @KingsOfLeon @alt_J @GavinRossdale @theblackkeys @GaryClarkJr”
Okay, so this isn’t a resounding declaration that Bosh will be suiting up for Miami soon. But the fact that he’s on the court and getting in quality workouts definitely bodes well for the team.
The 12-year veteran has been out since sitting out the All-Star game, when he was first diagnosed with a strained calf muscle. However, a source close to the team later said it was a blood clot that was keeping Bosh sidelined. Neither he nor the team has verified the clot, but if he does have one, which seems to be the case, it doesn’t seem severe enough to keep him out for the rest of the season.
This is a different story from last season, when a blood clot worked its way into Bosh’s lung and ended his season at the All-Star break. The forward had to spend several days in the hospital in what many feared would be a life-threatening situation. As for the 2015 Miami Heat, they faltered down the stretch, finishing 37-45 and failing to earn a playoff spot.
Everything is looking much better this time around, though, since he’s working out and the team is still rolling too. But Bosh is on blood thinners right now, and as long as this is going on he won’t be playing any games. After all, blood thinners increase the risk of athletes bleeding after contact. So Bosh definitely won’t be playing later today, when the Heat take on the Philadelphia 76ers.
Despite his limitations, he has shot around with the team and hung around practices on occasion. And Miami Heat President Pat Riley says that Bosh is doing his best to make it back onto the court at some point. However, there’s still no timetable on when he might play again.
For the season Bosh is averaging 19.1 PPG, 7.4 RPG and shooting 36.5% from the three-point line. In an era where it’s extremely helpful for big men to have long range, Bosh is of huge help to Miami. But the good news for him and the team is that other stars like Dwayne Wade, Hassan Whiteside and Goran Dragic have picked up the slack while Bosh is out.
The team picked up even more fire power after recently adding Joe Johnson to the roster. Given all the quality players that the Heat have, they’re expected to be among the contenders for the Eastern Conference title. The Cleveland Cavaliers are favored while the Toronto Raptors are doing quite well too. However, Miami certainly has the talent if they can get Bosh back in time and have good team chemistry going into the postseason.