Will's Blog: Waiting game for Heat

Heat prepare for Eastern Conference Finals

Author: Will Manso, Sports Director, wmanso@Local10.com
Published On: May 25 2012 08:43:34 AM EDT   Updated On: May 25 2012 12:51:49 PM EDT
MIAMI -

The Heat could not have planned their Memorial Day weekend any better. They took care of the Indiana Pacers, and they now get an extra few days of rest before starting the Eastern Conference Finals on Monday.

Miami waits to see if they'll play Boston or Philadelphia, and they'll also wait to see how Chris Bosh continues to respond to treatment. Bosh is still recovering from a lower abdominal strain, but don't count on seeing him in the Eastern finals. At least, don't count on seeing him in the early games.

From what I'm being told, all indications are that Bosh is making slow progress in his recovery and that this injury just isn't easy to bounce back from quickly. As Bosh mentioned shortly after he suffered the injury, trying to rush back from it can only re-aggravate it and make it worse.

Miami could certainly use Bosh against either the Celtics or Sixers, but as they proved against the Pacers, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade can carry the load until the finals.

The dynamic duo was flat out spectacular in the final three games against Indiana, and in each game someone else stepped up and chipped in. From Udonis Haslem to Shane Battier and finally Mike Miller, the Heat finally got some key contributions from some of the other guys on the roster.

Playing without Bosh is not ideal, but if anyone can keep winning without an all-star like him, it's the Heat.