Monday December 22nd, 2014

Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh says he hopes to return to the lineup for the team’s Christmas Day clash against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Bosh has missed the last five games with a strained left calf, suffered during the team’s win over the Utah Jazz on Dec. 12. Miami has gone 2-3 in his absence.

Bosh was asked if he thinks he could play this week. The Heat have a game on Tuesday against the Philadelphia 76ers.

“It’s a possibility, I think,” Bosh said to the Palm Beach Post. “That’s me being a glass-half-full kind of guy. It’s a work in progress, man. I’m trying to keep my brain in it. You might think you’re ready to play, but they say you’re not.”

Bosh, who is averaging 21.6 points and 8.2 rebounds per game in 23 games this season for the Heat (13-15), was optimistic about playing against Cleveland.

“I’m hoping so, but I don’t know,” Bosh said. “I’ve been saying that and they’re like, ‘OK, take it easy. Just work today.’ Health is the priority. I’m keeping the bigger picture, even though it’s getting smaller, in mind.”

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