Spoelstra rules out Bosh return in Game 5

Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra ruled out forward Chris Bosh for Game 5 against the Indiana Pacers.

Spoelstra met with Bosh Monday morning and later said that the All-Star will continue to rehab his abdominal strain.

“He’s doing some work, but he won’t be joining us (on Tuesday),” Spoelstra said following the Heat’s practice on Monday. “He’s not even near any court work right now.”

The Heat were without Bosh since Game 1 when he pulled a muscle in his abdomen on a dunk attempt.

When asked if Bosh could be ready for a potential Game 7 against the Pacers, which is slated for Saturday, Spoelstra wasn’t willing to commit.

“It’s too early to tell,” Spoelstra said.

Bosh did not travel with the team to Indianapolis for Games 3 and 4. He has been receiving treatment in Miami since the injury that occurred eight days ago.

Bosh is averaging 14.7 points and 6.8 rebounds in the playoffs.

“We’re trying to figure ourselves out on the fly with Chris out,” Spoelstra said. “It’s changed the dynamic of the team.” Noli S. Cruz

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