Miami Heat guard Goran Dragic has been listed as active for Game 6 of the NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers.
Dragic missed the past four Finals games after suffering a torn plantar fascia in Game 1. There was very little hope that he’d be able to play again in the series, but it seems he has found a way to return in a crucial contest for the Heat.
Miami’s Goran Dragic is listed active for Game 6 vs. Lakers.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) October 11, 2020
The Slovenian playmaker has been a huge part of the Heat’s successful run to the Finals. Prior to getting injured in the championship opener, he was averaging 20.9 points, 4.2 rebounds and 4.7 assists in the 2020 postseason. He was also efficient for Miami, shooting 45.2 percent from the field and 36.3 percent from deep.
After he went down in Game 1 alongside Bam Adebayo, many fans thought it’s over for him and the Heat. After all, his injury is something that is not easy to get back to. Moreover, several experts also believed the Lakers would be able to close out the series quickly considering the situation.
Fortunately for Dragic, the Heat were able to make the Finals a series after going down 2-0 against the Lakers. The Purple and Gold still lead, but Miami has a fighting chance after winning Game 5 and cutting the lead to just 3-2.
Of course, being active doesn’t mean Goran Dragic will be playing since Erik Spoelstra and Co. will still determine if the risk is worth it. However, his presence alone is enough to motivate the South Beach franchise as they look to extend the Finals to a do-or-die Game 7.
For what it’s worth, Dragic has been adamant about his desire to play despite the injury. Before Game 4, he tried shooting during warm-ups as he assessed his pain tolerance. He was initially listed as doubtful for Game 6, but the long rest he got seemed to have played a huge role in his comeback.