Bosh Out Against Lakers

Heat power forward Chris Bosh will miss Sunday morning’s Lakers – Heat matchup at Staples Center due to the death of his grandmother, as reported by the Palm Beach Post’s Ethan Skolnick.

Bosh, who averages 18.4 points and 8.3 boards per game, is missing his third straight game, leaving Miami a bit shorthanded in the front court against the Lakers.

Heat coach Eric Spoelstra declined to reveal whom he’ll start on Pau Gasol, as Joel Anthony will remain at the five to guard Bynum. However, Shane Battier is expected to start, likely guarding Kobe Bryant, which would mean LeBron James would have to slide up to power forward to contend with Gasol.

Miami could also use Udonis Haslem more than usual to play up front, but either way, the Lakers will keep the same game plan of pounding the ball inside and trying to limit Miami’s opportunities to get out in transition.