Chris Bosh Injury: Can the Miami Heat Win It All Without Him?

Michael TinleyContributor IJune 26, 2016

MIAMI, FL - MAY 13:  Forward Chris Bosh #1 of the Miami Heat shoots against Center Roy Hibbert #55 (R) of the Indiana Pacers in Game One of the Eastern Conference Semifinals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs on May 13, 2012 at the American Airines Arena 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 Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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The Big Three suddenly turned into the Dynamic Duo when Chris Bosh went down in the first half of Game 1 against the Indiana Pacers.

No one anticipated that it would stay that way into the second half. It was later learned that Bosh suffered a lower abdominal injury, and just like that, the questions surfaced. Can the Miami Heat win without Bosh?

LeBron James and Dwyane Wade sought to answer that question quickly, as they scored 32 points and 29 points, respectively. James stepped up his rebounding game, chipping in 15 boards on the way to a 95-86 victory over the Pacers.

But if they get past the Pacers and if they win the Eastern Conference Finals, will that be enough to beat the likes of an Oklahoma City Thunder team that seems to be on a collision course to the NBA Finals? And what about the experience of the Los Angeles Lakers?

Most are saying the Heat are in big trouble if Bosh cannot return. In fact, many are saying that, with a weak bench and missing a key big man, there is no way they can match up with the Thunder should they meet them in the finals.

But isn’t this the moment everyone wanted to see? Is this the true test of James' mettle? Can he and Wade will their team to a championship with the assistance of three-point shooters Mario Chalmers and Mike Miller?

These are indeed big questions the Heat will face in the next few days should the news about Bosh turn for the worse. Today he is scheduled for an MRI, and by this afternoon we should have some idea as to what to expect.  

But you have to admit, without a strong bench and only two strong players, it seems like the Heat will have an uphill battle on their hands.