Chris Bosh: Miami Heat Must Not Bank on Star's Return Any Time Soon

Wes ODonnellFeatured ColumnistMay 21, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 06:  LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat celebrates a play in the second half with Udonis Haslem #40 and Mario Chalmers #15 of the Miami Heat in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs on May 6, 2012 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. 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 Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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The Miami Heat are the one team in the league that can be thankful for the lockout that stalled the season. 

With Chris Bosh out indefinitely—and by indefinitely we mean they'll be lucky to see him on the court this season even if they advance—the Heat are relying solely on LeBron James and Dwyane Wade and had they played a full regular season, they'd be mighty tired right now.

But they don't have the luxury of being tired, not even for a single game.

So far in this series, the team that wins the battle of the glass has won each contest. With Bosh out, the Heat have had to rely on James to do the majority of rebounding.

They can't ask for much more from LeBron as they now rely on him to drop dimes, score points and dominate the glass.

What they can do is continue to gameplan in preparation that Bosh won't be coming back at all.

Should the Heat survive this series with the Pacers, they'll have to take on either the veteran-laden Boston Celtics or the youthful Philadelphia 76ers. Either way, they'll have their hands full yet again and they cannot hold out hope for Bosh to return.

Miami needs Bosh's replacements, specifically Udonis Haslem, to continue performing.

Haslem came up huge late in Game 4, and he'll have to keep scoring the basketball if the Heat hope to survive. 

With LeBron already tasked with so much, they need to make up for Bosh's absence in other ways with other players.

That, not Bosh's return, is the key to their success this postseason.