The Miami Heat are getting hit with injuries at the wrong time. The team is working towards getting into a better position in the Eastern Conference, but having Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade both out with injuries is making things tough. The Heat were able to upset the Hawks, but how long can they keep up the success if both of their stars are missing. While Wade is expected back soon, there is a lot of uncertainty with Bosh.
Bosh has been out since the All-Star break as he gets back on blood thinners for a clot issue in his calf. The forward has missed both games this week and could be missing much more in the coming days. According to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, there is a concern that Bosh could miss the remainder of the season with the clot issues. The team does not have much of an update right now on the forward's health and while they are not ruling out the chance that he could return this year, this is some fear that it might not happen.
Head coach Erik Spoelstra told the Palm Beach Post that the team is taking things day-to-day. He would not engage in conversations about the potential of Bosh being out for an extended period of time as he simply told the media that he focused on the guys on the court right now.
"I'm not even thinking about that," Spoelstra said, via the Palm Beach Post. "There's nobody coming through the doors to help us tonight, OK? We did our business yesterday. It was a responsible thing for the organization to do. We have our flexibility. But for now, we have nine guys available for tonight."
The Heat have options while Bosh is out and that starts with Justise Winslow who is expected to be inserted in the starting spot with Bosh out. According to the Palm Beach Post, the Heat plan to have Luol Deng shift to the power forward position while Goran Dragic, Hassan Whiteside and Wade fill in the remaining roles.
With Bosh out, the Heat cannot afford to have Wade missing as well. The guard as missed two games with a knee injury, but he told ESPN.com that he does not expect it to be a lingering issue. He described it more as a discomfort and told the media that he plans to get back quickly to help the team.
"I gave it a couple days to see if it would go away," Wade said, via ESPN.com. "It didn't, so I just want to go back and get another, second opinion. But it's nothing I'm overly concerned about. It's just some soreness I haven't felt in a while, so I just want to make sure everything's good."