MIAMI (AP) — Heat center Chris Bosh was ruled out of the second half of the opening game of Miami’s Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Indiana Pacers on Sunday because of what the team called a lower abdominal injury.
Ronny Turiaf started the second half in Bosh’s place. Turiaf played only seven minutes in Miami’s first-round series against the New York Knicks.
Bosh scored 13 points on 6-for-11 shooting in the first half, the last three of those points coming with 1:06 remaining after a dunk while getting fouled by Indiana’s Roy Hibbert. Bosh remained down for a few moments, then got up slowly and made his free throw.
While going back down to the defensive end, Bosh started limping and grabbing at his midsection. He eventually fell to his knees in pain, and was replaced by Turiaf with 43.6 seconds left. Bosh was grimacing as he walked toward the Heat locker room for evaluation, and the team announced the extent of the injury during intermission.
Bosh averaged 15 points per game on 51 percent shooting in Miami’s first-round win over the Knicks. He played in 57 of Miami’s 66 regular-season games this season, missing three because of a death in his family and the last six games before the playoffs with a hamstring problem.
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