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Bam Adebayo, Goran Dragic listed as doubtful for Game 3 of NBA Finals

Jack Baer
·Writer
·2-min read

Any odds of a shocking reversal in the NBA Finals for the Miami Heat, currently down 2-0 in the series, just became a bit slimmer.

Heat center Bam Adebayo (neck strain) and guard Goran Dragic (plantar tear) were both listed as doubtful for Game 3 on Saturday’s injury report, according to ESPN’s Malika Andrews. Adebayo and Dragic have already missed Game 2 against the Los Angeles Lakers after exiting Game 1 with injuries.

Both players are key parts of the Miami offense, and Adebayo would be a massive loss for the Heat’s defense in the paint. Adebayo was a first-time All-Star during the regular season with 15.9 points, 10.2 rebounds and 5.1 assists per game, while Dragic ranked second on the team with 16.2 points and 5.1 assists per game.

Without Adebayo and Dragic last game, the Lakers rolled through the Heat for a 124-114 win. It now seems likely the Heat will have to try avoiding a 3-0 hole while again missing both players.

Bam Adebayo said he planned to play in Game 3

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLORIDA - OCTOBER 02: Goran Dragic #7 and Bam Adebayo #13 of the Miami Heat look on from the bench during Game Two of the 2020 NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers at AdventHealth Arena at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on October 02, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
The loss of Goran Dragic (second from left) and Bam Adebayo (third) have loomed large for the Heat. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Adebayo told Yahoo Sports senior NBA insider Chris Haynes that he planned to return for Game 3, but the Heat training staff might have disagreed judging from the doubtful designation.

“Yes, I believe I’ll be in the lineup,” Adebayo said. “I’m feeling better. I believe I’ll play.”

Adebayo had been designated active for Game 2, but Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press reported that the player insisted on being active so he could communicate with teammates during the game without having to wear a mask.

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