Add the Miami Heat to an ever-growing list of NBA playoff teams that have succumb to a nameless, faceless foe.
The cruel, out-of-nowhere, stun-you-silent injury bug.
On Sunday, in Miami's Game 1 win over the Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference semifinals, All-Star power forward Chris Bosh bulled to the hoop and dunked with venom late in the second quarter, straining a lower abdominal muscle in the process. The team has no timetable on his return as the series resumes tonight, and Bosh even admitted after the game that "this season has to be extended for me to play again."
Abdominal strains are tricky for an NBA player. Some have returned from the injury after a week, in other cases it takes a month. Such an ailment also limits one's explosiveness and reach -- critical qualities to the 6-foot-11 Bosh's game.
"I'm not sure," Bosh replied when asked about his return yesterday. "You know, there are so many curveballs thrown in my career, throughout this season, nothing would su...