Chris Bosh Nursing a Strained Right Hamstring

by April 25, 2012

The Miami Heat haven’t only been resting Chris Bosh of late to ensure he’s fresh for the Playoffs; he actually has a real injury, minor as it may be. Per the Sun-Sentinel: “It turns out there was a real injury there all along, even as the Miami Heat downplayed the reasons why Bosh had missed four games heading into Tuesday’s matchup against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden. Bosh made it five consecutive absences Tuesday, but this time with a bit more transparency, acknowledging a strained right hamstring sustained April 16 against the New Jersey Nets. ‘It’s just precautionary right now,’ Bosh said of this extended absence, ‘just making sure it doesn’t turn into a serious problem. So you’re gonna have to make sure that we get the right treatment. It’s just been a crazy season, so it’s kind of combination of maintenance and precautionary measures.’ If Bosh doesn’t make it back for the second stop of this two-game trip, Thursday’s season finale against the Washington Wizards, it would mean he would be going into this weekend’s start of the playoffs coming off back-to-back doubles, against the New York Knicks and then the Nets. ‘Just have to mentally stay focused,” he said, ‘and when it’s time to get back out there, get back out there and I’ll pick up where I left off.’ To a degree, Bosh said he welcomed the time off to freshen up before the postseason. ‘I think it helps me,’ he said. ‘I just have to make sure that my conditioning is going to be the same, if not better.’ Of course conditioning amid a hamstring injury is not so simple. ‘That’s a good question,’ he said of working out around the injury. ‘Just work out hard, work out as hard as possible, get as close as game-like as possible, which you can’t really do it.’ He said he could have played if these were playoff games.”