UPDATE 2:26 P.M.
Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press reported Tuesday afternoon that Chris Bosh has resumed taking blood thinners in an attempt to treat a blood clot in his leg. He hopes to resume playing this season, but one doctor told the Miami Herald’s Manny Navarro that that might be overly optimistic, barring a deep Heat run in the playoffs:
U-Health cardiologist Robert Myerburg told me today if Bosh went back on blood thinners it would likely mean no contact for 3-6 months
— Manny Navarro (@Manny_Navarro) February 16, 2016
Bosh is Miami’s leading scorer at 19.1 points per game. The Heat have yet to announce his status going forward; the team resumes practice after the all-star break on Wednesday.
According to multiple reports, Miami Heat officials are concerned that all-star forward Chris Bosh could still be dealing with blood clots in his left leg. Bosh did not participate in last weekend’s All-Star Game festivities in Toronto, flying back to South Florida with what was described as a calf injury.
Bosh missed the final 30 games of last season after a blood clot in his calf moved to his lungs. He’s averaging a team-high 19.1 points and 7.4 rebounds per game this season.
Heat officials remain optimistic, however. The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that they believe “Bosh’s condition could be manageable, league sources said.” Still, he will meet with physicians on Thursday to determine the seriousness of the clotting in his left calf and whether he needs to go back on blood thinners, Wojnarkowski writes. Bosh took blood thinners for seven months last year after the clot in his lungs was discovered.
A source told the Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson, meanwhile, that Heat officials do not believe Bosh’s life is at risk and that there was no indication the clots had again traveled to his lungs, instead remaining in his calf.
Chris Bosh has told friends that he is working on a solution. "He seems good," one told me this morning.
(A reason for optimism?)
— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) February 16, 2016
According to the Associated Press’s Tim Reynolds, no decision will be made on Bosh’s playing status until more tests are done. The Heat, sitting in fifth place in the Eastern Conference but only 2.5 games ahead of ninth-place Detroit, next play in Atlanta on Friday night.
“The biggest thing is his health,” Heat teammate Dwyane Wade said Saturday in Toronto, per Reynolds. “All in all, as I said last year, it’s bigger than basketball. It’s about his family and he has to make sure he does everything right. I want to make sure that he’s doing whatever he needs to do to be healthy and get back on the basketball court whenever he’s ready.”