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Miami Heat Will Miss Chris Bosh Against Toronto Raptors

Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Chris Bosh will remain in South Beach tonight as the Miami Heat travel north of the border to take on Bosh’s former team, the Toronto Raptors.

It will be the fifth game of the young NBA season for the defending champs who are looking to get above .500, but they will have to do it without a third of the “Big 3″.

Bosh stayed behind to be alongside his wife, who gave birth to their second child. Miami is lucky she had the baby in November and not May or June, but either way the Heat will still feel the absence of Bosh.

The biggest question is who will step up in the front court?

Through four games, Miami’s big men have struggled to produce any promising numbers. Bosh is the only power forward or center contributing for the champs, averaging 19.8 points and 6.8 rebounds.

Chris Andersen, Udonis Haslem, Rashard Lewis and Joel Anthony combined are only averaging 13.7 points and pull in the same number of rebounds as Bosh, 6.8.

The ex-Raptor is out-performing four players! Of course he should be since he does have a max contract, but to average better numbers than four players combined is pathetic.

Someone must step up tonight to fill Bosh’s void. Not only does someone need to step up against Toronto, but it will also be a barometer for the remainder of the season.

The Heat won’t get very far if a big man doesn’t step up. With the size of the East breathing down Miami’s neck, teams like the Indiana Pacers, Chicago Bulls and Brooklyn Nets will take advantage of the lack of depth in the Heat’s front court.

Tuesday night’s match-up will be an intriguing test for Miami. Even though it is only Toronto, it will be interesting to see how they play without Bosh and if anyone steps up.

Maybe Bosh will get some credit that he undoubtedly deserves, but that is probably wishful thinking.

Shane Phillips is a Miami Heat Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Smphil01, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.