Bosh’s Status For Game 3 In Doubt





NEW YORK – The Miami Heat may be without Chris Bosh for Game 3 of their first round series against the New York Knicks on Thursday (7 p.m. ET, TNT).

Bosh flew on a private plane back to Miami late Wednesday to be with his wife for the birth of their child.

A source told TNT analyst David Aldridge that Bosh will return to New York this afternoon in time to play against the Knicks.

While we still wait official word on Bosh’s status, the Heat still have a good chance to go up 3-0 in the series even if he sits out tonight.

Without Amar’e Stoudemire, the Knicks will be playing Carmelo Anthony at power forward. So the Heat can easily match up by sliding LeBron James to the four and inserting Shane Battier, James Jones or Mike Miller into the starting lineup.

But if that’s the case, the Heat’s new lineup won’t have spent much floor time together. The other four starters – Mario Chalmers, Dwyane Wade, James and Udonis Haslem – have played just 15 minutes on the floor together with Battier and five with Miller. A unit of Chalmers, Wade, Jones, James and Haslem has yet to play together this season.

Of course, the Knicks’ starting lineup won’t have much experience together either.

Miami’s most-used lineup without Bosh included two other bigs. Chalmers, Wade, James, Haslem and Joel Anthony are a plus-24 together in 92 minutes.

The Heat went 4-5 without Bosh in the regular season, including a 3-3 stretch to close the year. Overall, he had a bigger offensive than defensive impact in his minutes.

9 Comments

  1. Bev says:

    Congradulations Chris on the birth of your child !!!! You did the right thing by flying home to be with your family at a moment like this. Don’t listen to any negativity !! Know who you are and be who you are. You are a great person, and an excellent basketball player on a champianship team. Keep holding your head up, up and up.

    I pray that your wife and new baby are all well. Best wishes to you and your family.

    Lots of Love
    MsBevBlack nba.com #1 Heat Fan in North Carolina !!

  2. ko0kie says:

    they may not need him in this series but I can’t imagine them go all the way without bosh.. he is the only one who consistently knocks down that mid-range jump shots off penetration from wade or james. and he is the best big in a undersized team.. so pretty valuable.

  3. lord p says:

    Well said ‘familyfirst’ bosh is the only inside presence able to impact both end of the floor when he comes to work..and he make big shoots when the defense is focused on James and Wade..i confess I would like to see him with Garnett heart in defense but he’s who he is!!take or not

  4. Bosh has been sad the second half of the season, the heat can still win with out him

  5. FamilyFirst! says:

    Well the truth is guys chris bosh is the most important player in the miami heats roster if not maybe more important than d-wade..remember they were rolling when wade go down and when wade got back and chris got down they were losing like 1-3 or maybe more(i forgot but i remember)..the numbers doesn’t show but his presence is intimidating inside..the only reason chris bosh hasn’t had the same numbers as he was with the raptors is because he is a one-on-one type of player..and james and wade always need the ball in their hands so bosh has always been overshadowed but give him credit man..he may not be a superstar but he is an all-star and he’s game don’t lie…..

  6. HeatLatinoFan says:

    Like a bosh. we will trade him for DH12 next year

  7. Chris Hard says:

    Lol offense*** and he averages 19 I would say thats pretty good

  8. JG says:

    Family first! (Besides it’s not like we need him against the knicks)

  9. Chris Soft says:

    Bosh is a role player anyway,he doesnt play physically enough,he got poor defence for a 6,11″ PF and his offence is not consistent, heat can win the game without him.