NBA Playoffs

    Chris Bosh officially out as Heat make playoff push

    Chris Bosh hasn't played since February 9 but has been cheering his team from the bench.

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    • Star will miss rest of playoffs; Heat take on Toronto Raptors on Thursday night
    • Chris Bosh hasn't played since February 9; he didn't make NBA All-Star Weekend due to a calf strain

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    (CNN)Chris Bosh is out.

    The star of the Miami Heat will sit out the remainder of the NBA Playoffs after consulting with doctors and medical staff, the team said Wednesday.
      "The Heat, Chris, the doctors and medical team have been working together throughout this process and will continue to do so to return Chris to playing basketball as soon as possible," the statement reads.
        The statement from the team comes after the NBA Players Association acknowledged on Tuesday that it had reached out to the Heat about Bosh's situation. The Heat had, until Wednesday, remained quiet; why Bosh is not playing hasn't been made public.
        It's a blow to the team, which will take on the Toronto Raptors in game two of the Eastern Conference semifinal on Thursday night.
        The Heat won their first matchup in the series on Tuesday at the Air Canada Centre 102-96 after a half-court heave by Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry forced the game into overtime.
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        They did it then, though, also without the help of Bosh, their leading scorer in the regular season.
        Bosh hasn't played since February 9.
        With Bosh in the lineup, the Heat could have been a serious contender to reach -- and possibly win -- the Eastern Conference Finals. Their likely opponent should they get there: LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. It also would be the Heat's first trip back to the conference finals since James' final season in Miami, which was 2014. The Heat missed the playoffs last season.
        But the team is missing a key leader for this year's playoff push. Without Bosh, the Heat may not advance, having needed all seven games in their first-round series against the Charlotte Hornets.

        Previous health scare

        In February 2015, Bosh checked into Baptist Hospital in Miami. He previously had noticed pain in his leg that later moved up to his rib. The diagnosis: blood clots, which had reached one of his lungs. If it had gone untreated, it could have been fatal.
        The Heat confirmed on February 21, 2015, that Bosh would have to miss the remainder of the 2014-2015 season because of the blood clots. He went on to make a full recovery and returned to the court for the 2015-2016 season.
        This season, Bosh was selected to his 11th NBA All-Star Game. It was held in Toronto, where Bosh started his NBA career.