If you look back at the 2012 NBA Playoffs now, it seems like the Miami Heat were never in any real danger in terms of making a successful run to the 2012 NBA Finals. They manhandled the Knicks, got by the Pacers after a rough start, took care of business against the Celtics (even though the Celts definitely put up a strong showing), and then eventually put on a showcase against the Thunder in the Finals.
But, the truth is that the Heat nearly got knocked out of the Eastern Conference semifinals against Indiana after Chris Bosh suffered an abdominal strain and was ruled out out of the lineup "indefinitely" by the team. And, recently, Bosh admitted that even he thought the Heat were in some real trouble once he went down with the injury.
"I thought it was over," he said. "I didn't want to fully emotionally invest myself anymore because I didn't want to get hurt like last year when we lost the finals. I kind of had a letdown. I'm not going to lie. I was defeated."
Fortunately for him—and the Heat—his wife helped lift his spirits. "[She] came to me and said, 'You know, you said things were going to look bad, but you have to keep going.'"
The rest is history. But, it's interesting to think that, for at least a few days, while the rest of the world was taking pleasure in the Heat's sudden misery that came along with dropping two games to the Pacers, even Bosh thought his team was dead in the water.
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[via Ball Don't Lie]