Chris Bosh is using blood thinners to treat a clot that developed in his leg, according to the Associated Press. This is the second straight All-Star break which the Miami Heat forward has dealt with such a condition.
Reports emerged earlier this week that the 31-year-old is dealing with the same situation that occurred this time last year. Back then, the clot had found its way into one of his lungs and he needed surgery for it to be removed. This time around, it's in his calf. Both occasions have caused him to miss the All-Star game.
Players are usually discouraged from playing if they are using blood thinners, so it is unknown how long he will be out of action for if he is sidelined.
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Bosh, who is averaging 19.1 points and 7.4 rebounds per game this season, began taking medication recently after the clot was diagnosed but does hope to return to the hardwood this season.
The two-time NBA champion was scheduled to compete in the most competitive three-point contest in history on All-Star Saturday night but was forced to pull out from the event at the Air Canada Center, the home of his first franchise; the Toronto Raptors.
The Heat are currently fifth in the Eastern Conference and will be hoping Bosh's absence does not see them surrender their position in the playoffs.
Miami return to training on Wednesday before their first game after the break in Atlanta on Saturday.