Heat rule Bosh out for season
- Updated: February 20, 2015
Miami, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Miami Heat All-Star forward Chris Bosh will miss the remainder of the season as he continues treatment for blood clots in his lungs.
Bosh was admitted to Baptist Health System Hospital in Miami on Thursday after telling the Heat he wasn't feeling well upon his return to the team from the recent All-Star break. The 30-year-old did play in Sunday's All-Star Game in Brooklyn, then went to Haiti for a brief vacation with teammate Dwyane Wade and their wives.
"When we went on vacation, he just didn't feel right and he went and got it checked out," said Wade on Friday. "For me, it's not about basketball. I just want the best for my friend."
The Heat said in a statement released Saturday that Bosh is currently resting comfortably in the hospital and his prognosis for a recovery is good.
Miami head coach Erik Spoelstra previously told reporters prior to Friday's game with the Knicks in New York that Bosh was still undergoing evaluation and a full diagnosis on his condition had yet to be completed.
"Our main thoughts are with CB and his health right now," Spoelstra said "He's in good care and spirits."
While the Heat remain optimistic about Bosh's long-term health, his absence is a major blow to a team that appeared poised to make a possible run in the Eastern Conference after acquiring standout guard Goran Dragic from the Phoenix Suns during Thursday's trade deadline.
The 10-time All-Star has averaged 21.1 points and 7.0 rebounds in 44 games this season, while shooting 37.5 percent from 3-point range.
Miami currently sits seventh in the East with a 23-30 record, but owns just a one-game lead on ninth-place Brooklyn in the conference standings.
The Heat were able to get by just fine in their first game without Bosh, rolling to a 111-87 win over the lowly Knicks on Friday.