Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh hinted on Sunday that he could be sidelined for a while with a strained left calf.

Bosh sat out the Heat’s 93-75 home loss to the Chicago Bulls and is almost certain to remain on the bench when Miami visits Brooklyn on Tuesday. From there, it remains anyone’s guess as to when the veteran big man might be able to return.

“It’s disappointing,” said Bosh, who still insists he doesn’t know how the injury occurred. “Usually you know when something gives and you kind of feel it over the course of a game and you can point to a specific play when you felt something tweak, or whatever, but unfortunately that didn’t happen for me. I guess it’s a wear and tear thing. It kind of sprung up on me.”

Sitting out the Bulls game marked the first time Bosh has been sidelined for the revamped Heat all season. But from the sounds of things, it probably won’t be the last as the veteran forward repeatedly talked about “wear and tear” and hinted he feared “the muscle could tear away from the bone” if he tried rushing back into action.

“And it really sucks that it’s hitting me right now,” added Bosh. “It’s just, I don’t know, it seems to be a dark cloud over everything right now. Everything seems to be tough. We’re having a tough time building the chemistry because we haven’t had many minutes together.”

With Bosh missing in action, the Heat struggled mightily against the Bulls, scoring just 32 points in the first half. Dwyane Wade tried in vain to pick up the slack, finishing with 17 points and six rebounds.

“If we have to play without Chris for a while, then hopefully no other guys will key on me and other guys will step up and make shots,” said Wade.

The Heat also learned on Monday that forward Josh McRoberts could be lost for the rest of the season with a knee injury.

“Injuries are a part of this game,” said Heat coach Erik Spoelstra. “How you respond to adversities, to things that are tough, that’s what reveals your collective character as a group. I told the guys there will be brighter days. It always usually evens out at the end. We’re being hit pretty strong with the injury bug right now.”

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