TORONTO (AP) - All-Star forward Chris Bosh will have more exams on his strained right calf when he gets back to Miami, possibly as early as Monday to determine the status and severity of the problem.
He has conferred regularly with Heat medical officials about the issue, which he has been dealing with and getting treatment for over the past several days. Bosh came to Toronto with hopes of participating in Saturday’s 3-point contest and Sunday’s All-Star Game, but dropped out Friday out of concern of making the calf worse.
“It just lingered and I didn’t feel it was wise to continue to push it, especially with this elongated week that we have off,” Bosh said. “I just wanted to make sure that I was taking the necessary precautions and being a good professional.”
Bosh leads the Heat in scoring this season, averaging 19.1 points per game. Miami next plays in Atlanta on Friday, and Bosh’s status for that game almost certainly won’t be determined until the additional tests are performed.
“I’m pretty optimistic,” Bosh said.
His 2014-15 season ended over the All-Star break as well, after a blood clot was found on one of his lungs - the scary irony for the Heat there being that Bosh believes that clot formed after he was kicked in the calf, then broke off and traveled to his lung to create a career- and life-threatening situation.
“When we get back to Miami we’ll do everything we need to do to make sure it’s right,” Bosh said.
Wade said he advised Bosh last season that his health and the future of his family were bigger than basketball, and repeated that refrain again Saturday.
“I’m trying not to think about it too far,” Wade said. “I just know the basics. I don’t know too much. Anytime I’m around him, I’m like ‘Let’s talk about this weekend. Let’s not think about the season or anything right now.’ I haven’t allowed myself to be concerned because he hasn’t shown the concern. So we’ll try to make sure we focus on now, and the other part we’ll deal with when we leave here and we get back to Miami.”
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