Miami Heat: Chris Bosh Could Miss Game 3 of Playoff Series with Baby on the Way

Joye Pruitt@hoopselectSenior Analyst IMay 3, 2012

MIAMI, FL - APRIL 30: Chris Bosh #1 of the Miami Heat reacts to a basket during Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs  against the New York Knicksat American Airlines Arena on April 30, 2012 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Will the Miami Heat be without their star power forward for Game 3?

It seems as if the birth of Chris Bosh’s child may have evened the playing field, as the Heat’s forward flew home to be with his wife, Adrienne.

According to the Washington Post, his wife posted a photo on one of her social media accounts and said “hurry home.”

What does this mean for Miami?

In the event that Bosh may not return for Game 3, expect the Miami Heat to handle things as if he were.

With Stoudemire out due to a self-inflicted hand injury he suffered after Game 2 of the series in Miami, the Knicks are no more effective now than they were before his absence.

In a close win against the Knicks in Game 2, Bosh scored 21 PTS and became much more influential on the series than he had been in Game 1. The tough task of winning in Madison Square Garden faces the Heat as they attempt to conclude the series in New York.

However, do not expect the Knicks to pull out some sort of magic dust that will force Miami to five or even six games.

The Knicks are without Iman Shumpert, Jeremy Lin and Amar'e Stoudemire—all are players that force the issue with Miami. With Carmelo Anthony bursting forward as the Knicks’ primary offense, this will be a sole consistent effort from him and a spotty shooting day for the rest of the squad, as usual.

New York does not have enough weapons on its team to combat the all-around game Miami brings to the table. Without Stoudemire, they have become that much worse.

Expect a Miami win, with or without Bosh in Game 3.