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After sitting out since December 14, Chris Bosh is expected to make his return tonight as the Miami Heat will be taking on the Orlando Magic. The Heat went 3-5 without Bosh in their lineup, which is even worse than it seems due to having one of their longest home stands; without their best player, home-court advantage meant little to nothing for Miami.
So far this season, Bosh is averaging about 22 points and 8 rebounds a game. Because of this, the Heat’s offense has suffered greatly lately, lacking in three-point plays and inside presence.
Bosh participated in Sunday’s practice, stating, “it felt good. It’s all about seeing how the calf responds, make sure it’s 100 percent. We wanted to do a little bit of live [practice work], make sure I get up and down the court. We wanted to get days like this in before I get out there.”
Head coach Erik Spoelstra will likely limit the big man’s minutes, starting him off easy. Therefore, the team cannot rely on him like they are used to, just yet. Although the Magic are currently 12-21, Nikola Vučević will still be a tough matchup for Bosh.
“When CB comes back, everybody needs to continue the play the way they have been and understand that he’s going to find his way back in, and we’ll make sure he finds the ball,” Wade said.
Tip-off is at 6:30 p.m. CT.