2012 NBA Playoffs: Chris Bosh Likely To Play Game 3

I reported earlier that Chris Bosh might not play in Thursday night’s game due to the fact that he had to return to Miami to be with his wife while she gave birth to their first child. It appears that will no longer be the case.

Bosh’s wife gave birth to a baby boy early Thursday morning which means he should be able to return to Madison Square Garden in time to play in Game 3 of the first-round series between the Miami Heat and New York Knicks. The Heat found out late Wednesday evening after arriving in New York that Bosh had to go back to Miami because he wife was preparing to give birth.

Although at first it seemed Bosh would not be able to make the game, his Miami teammates thought otherwise. LeBron James even went as far to say that he believed Bosh would want to play in the game instead of being with his son, Jackson.

“This is a great way to get away from it, to come back here and play the game of basketball,” James said. “To get away from the kid and get away from everything that’s going on with that. I mean that’s what I did, I got away from my family and I was able to go play in the Finals. … I would bet he’d be here, this is a huge game.”

The Heat will need Bosh as they prepare to try and take a 3-0 game lead over the Knicks, who will be holding their ground in front of an energetic New York crowd.

New York has not gotten out of the first round of the playoffs since the 1999-00 season in which they lost in the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals. Since then they have lost in the first round three times and did not qualify for the postseason the other eight seasons.

Bosh has 30 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, two blocks, one steal and is shooting 52.6 percent from the field in the first two games of the series.

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