Chris Bosh is battling a sore right knee with the playoffs rapidly approaching.
UPDATE: Friday, April 12, at 11:53 p.m. ET by Kyle Vassalo
According to ESPN's Brian Windhorst Chris Bosh will likely play tonight:
Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce out tonight for Celtics at Heat. Dwyane Wade, LeBron James & Chris Bosh likely to play. Because it's Boston...— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) April 12, 2013
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Dwyane Wade (ankle) and Chris Bosh (sore right knee) will both miss tonight's #HEATgame.— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) April 6, 2013
Bosh is averaging 16.7 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.3 blocks while shooting 53 percent from the floor this season. He's scored in double digits in his last seven games.
It's not a surprise that the Heat are being cautious with Bosh as they look forward to the playoffs. The 29-year-old has played in 72 of Miami's 75 games so far, so resting him would be wise before making another run at the NBA title.
The Heat are 59-16 headed into Saturday's game. They've already clinched the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference, currently 10 games ahead of the second-seeded New York Knicks. There is no sense in pushing their stars in the last few games of the regular season.
While LeBron James and Dwyane Wade get most of the accolades, Bosh is a "third wheel" any team would love to have. He's made the All-Star team every year since 2006, posting career averages of 19.5 points, 8.9 rebounds and 1.1 blocks while shooting 50 percent from the floor.
If the Heat are to repeat as NBA champions this season, they not only need James and Wade healthy, they need Bosh healthy, as well. His versatility has allowed them to use him at center this season and compensate for a lack of depth at the position.
Bosh averaged 14.0 points, 7.8 rebounds and one block while shooting 49 percent from the field in the playoffs last season.