NBA Injury Watch: Miami Will Have To Defend the Title With Two Crucial Players Injured

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MOCNYC’s NBA Injury Watch, based on data from NBA.com, reviews: Will the Miami Heat players’ Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade have enough time to recover and improve their performance?

Monday night was Miami night. They proved to be a dynamic opponent on the court and are off to their second consecutive NBA final. Right now the Miami Heat have three days to rest and recover after seven intense games against the Indiana Pacers. Their final opponents, the San Antonio Spurs, were swift shutting out the Memphis Grizzlies 4:0, and have had plenty of time to recover.

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Miami’s biggest concern right now are the injuries of Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade, whose status are set as Day-to-Day. During Game 4 of the East Conference Finals, Chris Bosh was forced out due to an ankle injury. At the start of Game 5 he further tweaked the ankle injury, but continued playing, expecting that the injury won’t affect his game. Unfortunately, he struggled with shooting and his effectiveness has been limited. Discomfort in the ankles can easily defocus any player.

“Chris Bosh’s ankle injury appears to be fine, but certainly might throw off his game enough mentally to affect his shooting ability and perhaps how he handles the paint”, says Dr. Armin Tehrany, Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in Manhattan, New York.

Dwayne Wade’s status is also Day-to-Day. Throughout the playoff games Wade has been struggling with a painful knee injury.  As a result, he failed to register 20 points in his previous games. Wade’s under special training routines to deal with his knee injury. The loyalty to his team is keeping him on the court even though he is hurting.

“It doesn’t matter. I’m playing basketball. I will continue to do what I need to do to help my team win a championship,” he said.

“Dwayne has been dealing with his knee issue for a long time. He appears to know how to work through it until the season ends. What he may need to do afterwards is another issue. We have ways of keeping the pain limited for now”, expresses Dr. Armin Tehrany.

The NBA Finals begin on Thursday at American Airlines Arena. Game 2 is on Sunday in Miami before the series shifts to Texas for next three games.

The last NBA Season caused turning points for many players who got injured and had to leave the court. The NBA Injury Watch prepared by Manhattan Orthopedic Care shares information about injured players from all NBA teams and gives the NBA fans insights on when the stars will be back in the game. The complete Infographic with details for all injuries is available here.