Chris Bosh and the Miami Heat were relieved by the diagnosis. It's the prognosis -- or lack of one -- that's a source of worry now.
And suddenly, the Indiana Pacers may be even more of a threat.
Bosh strained a lower abdominal muscle in Game 1 of the teams' Eastern Conference semifinal series, that original diagnosis confirmed Monday after an MRI exam. The team said Bosh is out ''indefinitely,'' though coach Erik Spoelstra and others say the injury could have been worse.
Either way, Bosh is out for Game 2 on Tuesday, and sounds like he probably won't play again in this series.
''This season has to be extended for me to play again,'' Bosh said. ''So that's what's on my mind.''
Bosh was hurt late in the first half as he drove for a dunk and got fouled by Indiana's Roy Hibbert. The foul almost certainly played no role in the injury, as Bosh fell forward to his hands and knees after landing and stayed down for a few seconds. He got up and made his free throw, but dropped to the court again on the ensuing possession, leaving the game for evaluation.
Without Bosh, Miami rallied behind LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, who outscored the Pacers 42-38 in the second half themselves and fueled a series-opening 95-86 win.
''Seeing him yesterday, seeing the pain he was in, you feared the worst,'' Wade said as practice wrapped up Monday. ''But seeing him downstairs in the training room with a smile on his face -- it wasn't a big smile, it was a little one -- but just to see him in there, it was good.
''You never know with these kind of things how long it takes.''