Heat forward Chris Bosh might play against the Orlando Magic on Monday night after missing eight games with a calf injury, which is a logical next step after Saturday’s pregame warmup.
As Shawne Williams came out early to test his ability to play on an injured left foot, Bosh remained out firing three-pointers. Bosh looked more comfortable than Williams as each landed after his jumpers, and Williams played Saturday night.
Bosh participated in all of Sunday’s practice, but Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said: “The only thing we can do now is wait and evaluate him [Monday] and see how his body responds.”
Said Bosh: “It felt good. It’s all about seeing how the calf responds, make sure it’s 100 percent. We wanted to do a little bit of live [practice work], make sure I get up and down the court. We wanted to get days like this in before I get out there.”
After Saturday night’s loss to Memphis, Heat guard Dwyane Wade agreed with the assessment that in Bosh’s absence, others have begun to find their roles offensively, although the Heat has gone 3-5.
“When CB comes back, everybody needs to continue the play the way they have been and understand that he’s going to find his way back in, and we’ll make sure he finds the ball,” Wade said. “Everyone just has to stay aggressive the way they have been. It can be a positive. [Chris Andersen] has been playing very well. Danny, it’s so great to see him having the confidence to do some of the things that he normally did in Indiana.”
“Danny” is forward Danny Granger. Granger played more than 20 minutes against Philadelphia and Cleveland earlier last week, scoring a combined 16 points.
In Saturday night’s loss to Memphis, Granger dropped in 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting over 27:54 as he looked as if the knee problems that have dogged him the past two seasons had dissipated.
“I’m way more mobile than in training camp,” Granger said. “I’ve been working really hard. Changed my diet. It’s a tribute to not playing at the beginning of the year. I had time to continuously work on strengthening my leg to withstand the NBA season. My body’s feeling great.”
One player not finding his role — or at least not the role he desires — is rookie point guard Shabazz Napier. Since his zero night against Utah — zero assists, zero points on 0 for 4 from the field and 0 for 2 from the line — Napier’s playing time has been, yep, zero minutes and zero seconds.
Spoelstra said he met with Napier, but insisted Napier’s lack of playing is “not an indictment of his play. As for why his minutes changed, there’s a different backup point guard, Norris Cole.”
Monday: Magic at Heat
When/where: 7:30 p.m.; AmericanAirlines Arena.
TV/radio: Sun Sports; WAXY 104.3 FM and 790 AM, 710 AM (Spanish).
Series: The Heat won the only meeting, 99-92, in Orlando.
Noteworthy: This is a different Heat team than the one that beat the Magic in November. In that game, Dwyane Wade didn’t play and Chris Bosh dominated with 10 rebounds and 32 points, including 4 of 6 from three-point range. Mario Chalmers had 24 points and eight assists. … Statistically, Florida’s two NBA teams almost mirror each other.