In their first season without LeBron James since 2010 the Miami Heat have so far struggled for consistency on the court. It is though fair to say Eric Spoelstra hasn't exactly been helped by the number of his roster forced to spent time on the sidelines with injury.
Able to pick from a depleted roster of just 10 names for the Heat's game against Chicago on Sunday, Spoelstra and Miami have been handed tough injury news on two fronts to begin the week.
Franchise star Chris Bosh, who has been out with a calf strain for the past three games, has seen his status updated to "out indefinitely" with a calf strain. Meanwhile things are even more serious for power forward Josh McRoberts who could be done for the season with a right lateral meniscus tear.
The Miami Heat's official Twitter account gave fans the bad news.
The Heat have been ravaged by injury this season, their 93-75 defeat to the Bulls on Sunday night seeing a 10th different starting line up in just their 24th game of the season.
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And with Heat lifer Dwyane Wade struggling with illness ahead of Miami's game vs the Brooklyn Nets this evening it is certainly proving a difficult period for the team who have appeared in the past four NBA Finals series.
At present the team finds themselves occupying the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference with a 11-13 record. Facing life without talisman Chris Bosh, the man entrusted with filling the void left by James, it might be a while before that record turns into a winning one.
Despite seeing two of his more consistent players ruled out for an extended period, head coach Speolstra attempted to put a brave face on the situation:
"Injuries are a part of this game -- how you respond to adversities, to things that are tough, that's what reveals your collective character as a group."
"I told the guys there will be brighter days. It always usually evens out at the end. We're being hit pretty strong with the injury bug right now."
Chris Bosh though wasn't in quite the same upbeat mood this week - referring to a "dark cloud" that currently plagues the Miami Heat.
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