With Chris Bosh out of the lineup in the last eight games due to a calf injury, the Miami Heat managed a record of 3-5. It wasn’t a fun past eight games for the Heat, as Miami suffered an embarrassing loss to the Philadelphia 76ers, and blow out losses to the Chicago Bulls and Utah Jazz. Miami missed Bosh’s underrated defense and scoring, as he has been arguably Miami’s best and most productive player, averaging 21.6 points and 8 rebounds per game this season.
With Bosh sidelined the Heat’s production had declined from three-point land, as well as in the interior. They should be back in normal form Monday night with Bosh slated to play. Shandel Richardson of the South Florida Sun Sentinel was the first to report his return.
Spoelstra says Bosh is expected to play. Went through shootaround.
— Shandel Richardson (@ShandelRich) December 29, 2014
Bosh went through a full practice on Sunday, and evidently his calf responded well enough for him to be able to play on Monday night.
Bosh will have to go up against rising big man Nikola Vucevic, which will be no easy task. It’s likely that Bosh will be on a minutes restriction, as Miami will look to ease their prized big man back into things. Expect Orlando to give Miami a run for their money.