Toronto All-Star forward Chris Bosh had surgery to repair a facial fracture suffered during a freakish on-court accident. The Raptors said Bosh had a displaced nasal fracture repaired during an operation performed by Dr. Frank Papay at the Cleveland Clinic on Wednesday. Bosh will remain in the hospital overnight, and it’s unknown when he will return to Canada or whether he will play again this season.
The team is expected to provide a further update on Bosh’s condition before its home game against the Boston Celtics.
The Raptors have a one-game lead over Chicago for the final spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs with five games left.
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Toronto’s leading scorer sustained a "maxilla and nasal fracture to the right side of his face" when he was accidentally struck by the elbow of Cavaliers forward Antawn Jamsion in the opening minutes of Tuesday night’s 113-101 loss to Cleveland.
Bosh was coming across the foul lane when he was inadvertently hit by Jamison’s flailing left arm. Bosh immediately dropped to the floor and grabbed his head in anguish as blood streamed from his face. He was taken to the Cleveland Clinic, where a CT scan revealed the fractures.
After hosting the Celtics, the Raptors will play at Atlanta on Friday before hosting the Bulls on Sunday. They’ll play at Detroit on Monday before ending the regular season with a home game against the New York Knicks.
Bosh, who is eligible for free agency after this season, is averaging 24.3 points and 11 rebounds per game.