Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh is trying to make it back to New York in time for tonight’s National Basketball Association playoff game against the Knicks after flying home yesterday to be with his expectant wife.
Bosh’s wife, Adrienne, gave birth to a son at 3 a.m. today and the seven-time All-Star aims to make it back before the start of tonight’s 7 p.m. game, team spokesman Tim Donovan said at the team’s practice at Madison Square Garden.
“He’s a big part of what we do,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “Having his presence would help even if he wasn’t 100 percent.”
Heat guard Dwyane Wade said he expected Bosh to be back for Game 3 of the best-of-seven series, which Miami leads 2-0. Wade said other players, including Heat forward Mike Miller, played in games shortly after their wives had children.
“Most of them play pretty well,” Wade said at practice. “They play with a light heart and a smile on their face.”
Bosh, 28, is averaging 15 points and five rebounds in the playoffs, third on the team in both categories.
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