TORONTO, April 6 (UPI) -- All-star forward Chris Bosh of the Toronto Raptors will miss the rest of the season because of a strained left thumb.
He suffered the injury on March 26 against Milwaukee.
After an evaluation, doctors recommended that Bosh sit out the rest of the season to avoid the potential for a more serious injury. In his three-year NBA career, the 6-foot-10 inch Bosh -- who was a first-round pick out of Georgia Tech in 2003 -- had missed only eight games.
"We are disappointed that Chris will not be able to return this season, but this is the safest and most practical course of action to allow the time necessary for his injury to heal properly," said Toronto President and General Manager Bryan Colangelo on the team's Web site.
In 70 games this season, Bosh averaged 22.5 points and 9.2 rebounds per game. He had 32 double-doubles and led the team in rebounds 46 times.