MIAMI - NOVEMBER 11: Chris Bosh #1 of the Miami Heat chases a loose ball against Kevin Garnett #5 and Rajon Rondo #9 during a game against the Boston Celtics at American Airlines Arena on November 11 2010 in Miami Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that by downloading and/or using this Photograph User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
All 15 players are at morning shootaround. Team is going through half-court offense and defensive sets.— Boston Celtics (@celtics) May 14, 2012
Injury Update: The MRI on @ChrisBosh revealed a strained abdominal muscle. He is out indefinitely.— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) May 14, 2012
Everybody's expected to play tonight and with none of the players talking to the media after practice, there are no vague updates on Allen's ankles, Pierce's knee, and Avery's shoulder that we can stress over for the next seven hours.
On the other side of the bracket, it looks like Chris Bosh's injury could be serious. Even though technically "game-time decision" and "out indefinitely" mean practically the same thing, Bosh's abdominal strain could have him shelved for the rest of the second round and maybe longer. Manu Ginobili suffered a similar injury during the regular season and missed 15 games. Even if the Heat are still prohibitive favorites to beat the Pacers, Bosh's injury could extend that series a game or two.
If Boston can take care of the Sixers quickly, that means extra days of rest. For example, if Boston could win all their home games, steal a game in Philly, and clinch in Game 5, the series would end next Monday; Game 6 & 7 in the Heat/Pacers series are scheduled for next Thursday and Saturday. That's a lot of ice baths and massages.