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NBA Playoffs 2012: Why Chris Bosh Shouldn't Rush Back from Injury

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NBA Playoffs 2012: Why Chris Bosh Shouldn't Rush Back from Injury
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Chris Bosh is a large part of the Miami Heat's success in the 2011-2012 season. He's been used in the offensive schemes, especially in the pick-and-roll. He also brings rebounding ability and a taller frame for an undersized team.

Once the former Toronto Raptor went down in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, Heat fans were very worried. You don't hear too much praise for Bosh for the Heat's success as much as LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, but the loss of Bosh really hurt the team.

The effect was felt immediately in Games 2 and 3 of the series against the Pacers. Indiana was able to steal Game 2 on the road and absolutely crushed the Heat in Game 3. The majority of the slack was placed on Wade and James and the role players weren't contributing offensively. Indiana was very close to pulling one of the biggest upsets in NBA history.

However, the Heat have managed to come alive since the blowout loss to Indiana in Game 3. Wade and James have gotten out of their shooting woes, and the Heat look like the team they were hyped up to be. More importantly, role players such as Udonis Haslem, Shane Battier, Mike Miller and Mario Chalmers were making baskets and contributing in other areas as well.

So, my question is, why risk Bosh in the Eastern Conference finals? Miami should not rush Bosh's health, and they should have him ready for the finals if it is able to get past the Boston Celtics. From the first two games, things are looking likely for another finals appearance for the Heat.

We've seen what happened to Derrick Rose. The Chicago Bulls guard tore his ACL due to not being fully healthy.

Towards the end of the season, Rose was hurt and missed some games. It's the playoffs and he was trying to help his team win. Well, he so happened to re-aggravate an injury, which took him out for the rest of the playoffs.

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Bosh should not come in if he's completely healthy. He has been doing drills on the basketball court, which is a positive sign.

The original abdominal strain injury appeared to be minor and Bosh was thought to be out for a game or two, but it's apparently more severe than that, as he has now missed seven games. He's still ruled as out indefinitely.

If the Heat are able to defeat the San Antonio Spurs or Oklahoma City Thunder, they will need a healthy Bosh. Miami should be able to defeat Boston with home-court advantage. The Spurs and Thunder will be a much bigger challenge.

As for now, leave the heavy load to James, Wade and the rest of the squad. The two players have contributed nearly 60 points or more each game and have found role players to make their jobs easier.

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