In Game 1 of their second-round NBA playoff series against the Indiana Pacers, the Miami Heat suffered a tragic blow as Chris Bosh left the game with an injury. It was confirmed that he is sidelined indefinitely with an abdominal strain.
The Miami Heat cannot win the NBA championship without their star big man.
It is unknown how long Bosh is out for. He could come back before Game 5 against the Pacers or during the Eastern Conference championship.
But after hearing Bosh and Miami speak, I would be surprised if he returns before the finals.
The 76ers inexperience will catch up to them and they will falter. Boston will let age creep up on them and the Celtics will fold.
This has a minor impact in the short run, but a major impact in the long run.
Reaching the NBA Finals is not the hard part. The hard part is securing a ring. LeBron James will need Bosh in order to rightfully place that fancy item of jewelry on his finger.
The Heat have long been criticized for lack of height. Well, now they lose their top big man. That has got to sting.
Will the Miami Heat win the NBA championship?
Nothing is impossible, but beating OKC or San Antonio without Bosh is as close to impossible as you can get.
Who will guard Tim Duncan?
Who will put up points against Serge Ibaka?
If you can confidently answer “Joel Anthony” to any of the above questions, you are either delusional or a very giant Miami Heat fan boy.
The point is that the Heat have no one to adequately back up Bosh.
Ronny Turiaf was decent in Game 1, but he is not the long-term solution.
Adding more minutes for James and Dwyane Wade isn’t the answer either because the big men will burn South Beach.
I understand that James can play suitable defense against all five positions. But if he guards Duncan, then who guards Manu Ginobili or Kawhi Leonard?
If Ibaka gets hot and Erik Spoelstra moves the MVP to guard him, then Kevin Durant will destroy.
There are so many holes left by Bosh that James and Wade can’t fully cover.
There is no way to beat the best complete teams in the NBA with just two players. That is exactly what the Heat will be trying to do.
Beating the Thunder or the Spurs was hard enough. Doing it without Bosh is borderline impossible.
There were Heat fans that made “Two and a Half Men” jokes or stated that Miami is the “Big Two.” It is ironic, but these are the same fans that will be praying for Bosh to come back.