MIAMI (Sporting Alert) — Chris Bosh will miss the Miami Heat’s game with the Utah Jazz at AmericanAirlines Arena on Saturday night.
Bosh, who is averaging 18 points and 7.9 rebounds per game, will sit out the contest with what the club has reported as flu-like symptoms.
The star forward, who also missed Miami’s morning shootaround session on Saturday because of the virus, had played in all of the team’s 23 games thus far this season.
“I think the flu hit every single one of our guys, and most of the staff, at some point,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “(Bosh) called in and we told him to stay at home.
“I was hoping he might (play) … come back tonight and feel better. But I should have known better because everybody else who has missed a shootaround (before), they did not make it back (to play).”
The Miami Heat, which eased to a 110-95 win over the Dallas Mavericks in its last outing at American Airlines Center on Thursday night, are 12-2 at home and enter the clash with a 17-6 overall record.
In the win over the Mavericks, Bosh scored 17 points and pulled down seven rebounds in teaming up with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade to score 60 of Miami’s 110 total points.
Rashard Lewis could start for Bosh on Saturday, although Spoelstra is considering starting with center Joel Anthony.
Meanwhile, the Utah Jazz, which are 14-13 on the season, will be looking to rebound from the 104-84 defeat to the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night.
The Jazz have won just once in its last four games, but have taken victory in five of its last eight games.