Bam Adebayo is an important player for the Heat to be able to compete with the Lakers in the final. (Mark J. Terrill)
Lake Buena Vista, Florida.- Bam Adebayo could reappear with the Miami Heat in Game 4 of the NBA Finals.
The star center, who missed the second and third games with a sore neck, appears questionable in the injury report for Tuesday night's game. The Heat made the decision on Monday, while the other injured starter, Goran Dragic, is in doubt with plantar fasciitis.
“I'm trying to get back as quickly as possible,” Adebayo said Monday before the update on the injury report. “They're just trying to make sure he's safe and ready to play. It really is a matter of day to day. When they say I'm ready to play, I'll be there. “
Adebayo also suffers from shoulder discomfort that arose during the Eastern Conference Final against Boston. Neck ailments are of more concern to the Heat.
I'm trying to get back as fast as possible. They are just trying to make sure you are safe and ready to play. It really is a matter of day to day. When they say I'm ready to play I'll be there
“I never miss games, it's not something I do,” Adebayo said. “It's not me. I want to play. I've always been like this. I've always been excited to put on my uniform and go out to play. Being in the final and being told by the medical staff that I can't play, sucks. But I understand it”.
Jimmy Butler was instrumental in helping the Heat win Game 3 of the series last Sunday, avoiding a 0-3 hole in the final against the Lakers. (Mark J. Terrill)
Meyers Leonard has been the starting center the last two games and Kelly Olynyk has contributed 41 points as a reserve in those two games.
Dragic was injured in the second quarter of the first game. Whether he will be able to return to the series is unknown, and his voice was desperate Monday – a clear indication that his first trip to the NBA Finals may have ended after just half a game.
“It's not the easiest thing for me right now, to have to sit and watch my team, watch them fight, watch them play well and obviously I want to be with them,” Dragic said. “Most of the time I ask myself, I ask the one above why did this happen to me right now? It's hard”.