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Heat star Bam Adebayo a go for Game 5 vs. Celtics after injury scare

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Miami Heat big man Bam Adebayo aggravated a wrist injury during Wednesday night’s win over the Boston Celtics.

Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra noted after the game the All-Star was in plenty of pain and icing the wrist, casting doubt upon his status for the remainder of the series. Adebayo insisted he was okay, though, and Spoelstra said Thursday Adebayo would be “ready to go” for Game 5 on Friday:

The Heat still gave Adebayo a day off from physical activities so as to properly rest and heal up as Miami hopes to close out the series on Friday.

Adebayo has played a massive role against the Celtics.

Bam saved Game 1 with one of the best defensive plays in recent memory, meeting Celtics swingman Jayson Tatum at the rim and blocking his dunk attempt to essentially seal the win:

The former Kentucky star has been equally brilliant on the offensive end of the floor.

Adebayo is second on the team in scoring at 21.5 points per game while shooting over 60 percent from the field in the series. The 23-year-old is also averaging nearly three offensive rebounds through the first four contests.

Miami has been practically unstoppable when getting into screen-and-roll with Goran Dragic and Adebayo.

Dragic’s ability to create space and finish around the rim draws extra defenders, which has led to a number of lobs and easy buckets for Adebayo.

Bam has been a matchup nightmare for Boston, and he will look to give the Heat a spark on Friday as they hope to advance to the NBA Finals for the first time since 2014.