The Miami Heat suffered a major blow to their title chances when star power forward Chris Bosh suffered an abdominal strain midway through their game 1 victory over the Indiana Pacers. Bosh was going up for a dunk when he was fouled, his body twisted in a weird way. He went down and struggled to get back up. After attempting to play through the pain he was forced to return to the locker room.
An MRI today revealed the strain, and Bosh is listed out out indefinitely. Miami has been the clear favorites to win the NBA title this year. Their one weakness has been their post play, with Bosh being their only stand out post player. With him out for a number of games, the Heat are in real trouble. The Pacers played them tough yesterday, and their physical front line will now be an even bigger advantage.
The injury could open the door for the Pacers, an underrated team that was one of the NBA’s best over the last 20 games. The Boston Celtics are also lurking, powered by a rejuvenated Kevin Garnett and the standout play of point guard Rajon Rondo. If Bosh is out for the remainder of this series, it will take a Herculean effort from Lebron James and Dwayne Wade to beat the Pacers. If he misses the Eastern Conference finals, a win over Boston (who is likely to beat the 76ers in their semifinal matchup) would prove even more difficult.