For the Heat, the waiting game is under way.
With Chris Bosh sidelined with a lower-abdominal strain sustained in Sunday's Game 1 of this best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Indiana Pacers, the question becomes whether the All-Star power forward can make it back for any of the remainder of the postseason.
Bosh is being listed as out indefinitely, with neither Bosh nor the Heat offering anything more definitive as the series continues against the Pacers. The Heat dropped Game 2 78-75 Tuesday to fall into a 1-1 series tie, with the series now shifting to Indiana for Thursday's Game 3 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Coach Erik Spoelstra at least left the door open for a postseason return.
"They all vary. They all do," he said of abdominal strains. "We thought it could have been a lot worse."
Bosh was somewhat cryptic about his status.
"This season has to be extended for me to play again," he said.
So might he yet return this postseason?
"I don't know," he said. "I wish I did.
"It's just all response (to treatment) right now. So we're going to treat it, see what happens and as soon as possible I'll be back out on that court."
Bosh said he also would have to weigh the merits of a return, amid concern about re-aggravation.
"There's always that kind of worry," he said. "But we're going to make sure everything is solid before I get back out there so it won't be worse than it is."
To forward LeBron James, it merely puts the Heat where the Bulls stood without Derrick Rose and other teams have been without injured players this postseason.
"Nobody feels sorry for the Bulls losing him or Joakim Noah getting hurt," he said. "Nobody feels sorry for you and we don't want anybody feeling sorry for us. We look forward to the challenge. And we'll be ready tomorrow."
For Bosh, it is a waiting game, plain and simple.
"There have been so many curveballs throughout my career and really throughout this season, that nothing would surprise me," he said. "But I just want to be out there and playing with my teammates. That's the most important thing to me. That's all I'm trying to think about, so I can get back out there. If I come back, it wouldn't be surprising at all."