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Miami Heat Forward Chris Bosh will reportedly miss the remainder of the 2014-2015 season due to blood clots in his lungs. The forward had just signed a five-year, $118 million extension this offseason.
Another current player has been diagnosed with the same issues. Brooklyn Nets forward Mirza Teletovic has been diagnosed with the same condition, and he has also been ruled out for the season.
An announcement from the organization confirmed the numerous reports:
The Miami Heat announced today that Chris Bosh will miss the remainder of the 2014-15 Season, while being treated for blood clots on his lung.
Bosh, who is receiving care under the guidance of Miami HEAT team physicians at a Baptist Health System Hospital, is currently resting comfortably. Chris is OK and his prognosis is good.
Pulmonary embolism, or blood clots, can lead to shortness of breath. Without the proper treatment, it can lead to death or other complicated issues. (Courtesy of byebyedoctor.com)
The 30-year old has been Miami’s most productive player averaging 21.1 points and 7.0 rebounds, appearing in 44 games this season. He also shot 37.5 percent from three-point range taking nearly four a game. (Stats courtesy of Sportsreference.com)
This season, Bosh has taken over the role as the primary offensive option for the Heat. He averages 16.9 field goal attempts per game, his highest since his last season in Toronto. He is also averaging his highest points per game average since his days in Toronto.
Bosh leads the head in minutes per game with 35.4 and has hit 63 three-pointers, which also leads the team.
The Heat sit at 23-31 on the season and sit No. 3 in the Southeast Conference. The Heat are seventh in the conference standings and are only one and a half-game back of falling out of the playoff picture in the East.
The Heat acquired the Dragic brothers, Goran and Zoran in a trade with the Phoenix Suns. The Heat in return traded away Danny Granger, Norris Cole, Jordan Hamilton, Shawne WIlliams and two first-round picks. Goran Dragic looked for a new environment in his last days in Phoenix, and mentioned Miami as one of the few teams he wanted to be a part of.
As the Heat move on past the All-Star Break, the team looks to move ahead with Goran Dragic and Dwayne Wade. Wade, an eleven-time All-Star, has missed 20 games so far this year. He and Dragic will look to be the backcourt duo that helps lead the Heat into the playoffs.
“To be who a point guard, to run the team and have the ball in my hands and try to make plays for other,” Dragic said. “That’s who I am.”
Julius Kizzee is a Writer for The Red Diamond Report. Follow him on Twitter @Julius_Kiz