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Bosh returns from birth of child, expected to play in Game 3

Chris Bosh

Miami Heat’s Chris Bosh (1) reacts after shooting a three-pointer in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs in Miami, Monday, April 30, 2012. The Heat defeated the Knicks 104-94. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

AP

From the AP:

NEW YORK (AP) - Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh returned to New York hours after his wife gave birth and is preparing to play in Game 3 of his team’s Eastern Conference first-round series against the Knicks on Thursday night.

Bosh left the team shortly after it arrived in New York on Wednesday night, taking a private plane back to Miami after getting word that his wife was in labor. His son - the couple’s first child - was born at 3 a.m. Thursday, said Heat coach Erik Spoelstra.

Bosh’s plane touched down in the New York area around 4:30 p.m. Thursday and he was expected to arrive at Madison Square Garden long before the 7 p.m. tipoff.


Bosh hasn’t put up huge numbers since coming to Miami, but he’s been an integral part of the team’s success -- only LeBron James had a higher +/- for the Heat this season than Bosh did. Bosh will probably be underslept, but the Heat will almost certainly be thrilled to have him in the lineup for Game 3 regardless.

Obviously, that’s not the most important bit of news here -- congratulations to Mr. Bosh and his wife on the birth of their son.