Chris Bosh tells Heat he won’t return for NBA playoffs


The 11-time All-Star big man won’t be back for Miami’s 2016 postseason run.

Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh has informed his teammates that he won’t be able to return to the team for the playoffs. Guard Dwyane Wade told Tim Reynolds of The Associated Press that Bosh addressed the team on Friday.

Bosh has been sidelined since the All-Star break in February. The veteran star had been slated to participate in the All-Star Game and Three-Point Contest, but was forced to withdraw from both because of a calf injury. However, blood clots found in his leg forced Bosh to go on blood thinners, and he hasn’t played since.

Bosh’s season also ended prematurely in 2015 after he developed blood clots on one of his lungs. He previously said the leg clots were not as serious as the lung situation last season, and he even considered a return to the court this season.

It was originally reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical that team doctors were pushing Bosh to sit out the remainder of the season, as the blood thinners would have increased his risk for injury.

Bosh averaged 19.1 points and 7.4 rebounds per game in 53 games this season, his sixth with Miami and 13th overall in the NBA.

The Heat went 19-10 without Bosh after the All-Star break and clinched their fifth division title in the last six seasons. Miami came out on top of a four-way tie with Atlanta, Boston and Charlotte to earn the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference.

The Heat host the Hornets Sunday at 5:30 p.m. in Game 1 of their first-round series.

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