- Neil Paine
Just when you thought you had a handle on these 2012 NBA playoffs, Chris Bosh suffers an abdominal strain and is out indefinitely, radically changing the landscape of the postseason.
The Miami Heat are still star-laden, of course; Bosh has always been merely their third-best player behind LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. But even though Bosh's talent level can't measure up to those of his brilliant teammates, Bosh is still a potent player in his own right -- he did record 6.9 win shares and an 18.9 player efficiency rating (PER) during the regular season, production that will be missed by the Heat more than most teams because Bosh's absence will force them to tap into a bench that still has major question marks.
Neil Paine writes that Chris Bosh's injury -- especially if he misses extended time -- causes the Heat's championship odds to take a huge hit. They're still a title contender without him, but they might lose their front-runner status.