Celtics guard Avery Bradley struggled with shoulder injuries throughout the postseason before having season-ending surgery to resolve the issue.
It was a blow for the Celtics, as Bradley has been a fundamental part of the Celtics' defense and a key to their success this season. When teammate Ray Allen went down with bone spurs in his ankle, Bradley helped to carry the team.
Meanwhile, the Heat lost forward Chris Bosh to a strained abdominal muscle in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Indiana Pacers.
Bosh has been a consistent, reliable player for the Heat all season, and while Miami still has LeBron James and Dwayne Wade leading the attack against the Celtics, Bosh's absence will certainly be noticed.
It's hard to tell if Bosh or Bradley will be missed the most going into the series matchup, but their teammates will have to step it up for sure. Bosh's absence means that James and Wade will have to lead the Heat, while Rajon Rondo and Allen will be relied on to carry the Celtics.