Chris Bosh returns after flu, plans to play on Christmas against Thunder

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Chris Bosh returned to practice on Monday and plans to play on Tuesday in the Heat's Christmas Day matchup against the Thunder, reports Ethan J. Skolnick of the Palm Beach Post. Bosh missed Saturday's 105-89 victory against the Jazz due to the flu but told the South Florida Sun Sentinel that he had been looking forward to Tuesday's game:

"I was really thinking how exciting it would be to play on Christmas," he said. "It's always a buzz, national TV….You know everybody is sitting down full, to watch you play. I know I did."

Saturday's game was the first Bosh missed all season. He is averaging 18 points, 7.9 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game. He'll be sporting Christmas shoes for the game and is expected to be close to 100 percent: