Miami Heat star Bam Adebayo will not play in Game 2 of the NBA Finals on Friday night, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported. Adebayo is reportedly struggling with a lack of mobility around his left shoulder and neck.
But there’s hope, per the report, he can return for Game 3 this weekend.
Miami Heat All-Star Bam Adebayo (shoulder) will miss Game 2 of the NBA Finals vs. Lakers tonight, but there remains hope that he could return for Game 3 on Sunday, sources tell ESPN. The Heat have listed him as doubtful for tonight.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) October 2, 2020
Adebayo, 23, appeared to re-aggravate a shoulder strain he initially suffered in the Eastern Conference finals. It happened in the third quarter of the Heat’s blowout Game 1 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra told reporters on Thursday an MRI revealed a neck strain on the same side of his previous shoulder strain. He is officially listed as doubtful by the Heat heading into the 9 p.m. ET tipoff.
Also listed as doubtful was guard Goran Dragic, who reportedly suffered a plantar tear in the second quarter of Game 1. He will reportedly not play in Game 2, per The Athletic’s Shams Charania.
Heat guard Goran Dragic (torn plantar fascia) has been ruled out of Game 2 of the NBA Finals against the Lakers, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium. Dragic is Miami’s second-leading postseason scorer at 19.9 points per game.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) October 2, 2020
The injury typically requires several weeks of recovery. Dragic, 34, has been able to put pressure on the foot despite pain, per the report.
They are both huge losses for the Heat. Dragic is the team’s second-leading scorer in the postseason averaging 19.9 points per game. Jimmy Butler is averaging 20.8.
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