[THIS BLOG HAS BEEN UPDATED TO REPORT BREAKING NEWS]
If you're not concerned about Chris Bosh's abdominal injury, then you should be. The Heat announced on Monday that Bosh is out indefinitely. It could mean the remainder of the series. It could mean the rest of the playoffs.
Bosh had an MRI on Monday, which confirmed that Bosh only had strained his abdomen rather than tearing a muscle. That's the good news. The bad news is that a strained abdominal muscle, depending on the severity fo the strain, can take quite a while to heal.
It begs the question: How far can the Heat go in these playoffs without its All-Star power forward/center providing a third option to LeBron James and Dwyane Wade? A series against the Celtics in the Eastern Conference finals suddenly seems a little intimidating. Is Joel Anthony, Ronny Turiaf and Udonis Haslem really going to be enough against the winner of the West?
James and Wade picked up the slack on Sunday in the Heat's 95-86 victory in Game 1 against the Pacers but how long can they keep it up? And let's face it. The Heat could sweep this Pacers team even without Bosh. That's unlikely -- the Heat couldn't sweep the Knicks with Iman Shumpert, Baron Davis, Jeremy Lin and a one-handed Amare Stoudemire -- but Miami will want to close this series out a quickly as possible if Bosh isn't returning.