MIAMI -- The Miami Heat may be without Chris Bosh for a while depending on what an MRI on Monday shows about the severity of the lower abdominal strain he suffered in a 95-86 Game 1 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Sunday.
Bosh pulled the muscle on a dunk late in the first half, struggling to rise from his knees after being fouled by Pacers center Roy Hibbert on the play. His is currently day-to-day, though Monday's test results could change that. The Heat were without Bosh for nine games this season and went 4-5.
"You could see by the look on his face that something was wrong," said Dwyane Wade, who had 29 points. "Hopefully tomorrow we'll get good news ... our brother is going to see tomorrow if he can get back out there and play with us."
Hibbert asked reporters how Bosh was doing after the game, and grimaced when he learned of the abdominal strain.
"I didn't really know what happened to him," Hibbert said. "I made a clean play. I had to foul him, and he got the [foul call]. My mindset was to just keep [defending] the basket, though."
Bosh was expected to be a key player in the series as the primary defender against the All-Star Hibbert.
He was off to a good start, scoring 13 points with five rebounds in 16 minutes. Hibbert, who battled foul trouble, had 17 points and 11 rebounds and scored just seven points after the Bosh injury.
Ronny Turiaf started the second half in Bosh's place and scored four points and grabbed three rebounds in 10 minutes. Joel Anthony picked up some of the slack, scoring nine points with seven rebounds off the bench.
LeBron James took on the biggest load. He scored 26 of his 32 points and got nine of his season-high 15 rebounds in the second half after Bosh went out, playing all 24 minutes.