Report: Heat star Bam Adebayo plans to play in NBA Finals Game 2 vs. Lakers despite shoulder injury
With all the injury woes they suffered in their blowout loss against the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night, the Miami Heat are in dire need of some good news. This might just come in the form of an injury update on All-Star big man Bam Adebayo, who looks like he will be available for Game 2 on Friday.
This report comes via the Tim Reynolds of The Associated Press:
Source says Bam Adebayo intends to play Friday in Game 2. There will be a lot of treatment in his future Thursday.
— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) October 1, 2020
Adebayo suffered a shoulder strain during their 116-98 Game 1 defeat to a powerhouse Lakers squad. As it turns out, however, the 23-year-old is feeling well enough to suit up for their next matchup. After all, this is the NBA Finals we’re talking about here, and only a serious injury will prevent Adebayo — or any other player for that matter — from wanting to play through any injury.
To be clear, though, the Heat have yet to confirm anything as of the moment. They will certainly want to have their star big man available for Game 2, but they won’t allow him to play if the risk of a long-term injury becomes too significant. How Adebayo’s shoulder feels on Thursday will have a considerable impact on his status for Friday.
It appears that the Heat will be without veteran point guard Goran Dragic, with the former All-Star suffering a torn plantar fascia. This is a huge blow for the Heat and their chances to upset a heavily favored Lakers side in the Finals. Needless to say, they are hoping for some good news on the Adebayo front.