Thursday, March 1, 2012

Heat's Bosh to miss at least next two games


PORTLAND, Ore. -- Chris Bosh will miss at least the Miami Heat's next two games after a death in his family.

Bosh did not travel with the team to Portland for Thursday night's game against the Blazers and he will not play Friday night when the Heat play in Utah. The Heat close their road trip with a game Sunday afternoon against the Los Angeles Lakers.

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra did not name a replacement starter. Most likely reserve Udonis Haslem will see increased minutes and veteran backup Juwan Howard will be pressed into service. The team is currently riding an eight-game win streak.

"He's been playing great for us this year," LeBron James said. "Hopefully guys will step up in his absence and we can keep the momentum going."

Also Thursday morning, Dwyane Wade reacted to Kobe Bryant's statements from Wednesday night, downplaying the All-Star Game foul that broke Bryant's nose and caused a minor concussion.

Bryant told reporters in Los Angeles: "It was very simple. He didn't mean to do it. It's just something that just happens. He's not that type of person."

"I didn't play to the added drama and Kobe didn't either," Wade said. "Kobe knew there was no ill intent on my part. We have a pretty good relationship, it is just one of those things. Maybe he put it to rest, maybe he didn't. (Sunday's) game is going to be competitive no matter what."

Brian Windhorst covers the NBA for