Both Heat stars suffered their injuries in Game 1 and were sidelined for the next two games while trying to regain 100% health. In their absence, the Heat managed to pull a game off the Lakers and lead 2-1 in the series before the Game 4 showdown on Tuesday night.
Adebayo had previously been upgraded as questionable on the injury report released on Monday night. In a conference call with reporters this afternoon, he said he hoped to be on the pitch for Game 4, but ultimately it was up to the medical staff to make the last call. He looks like he’s fit enough to take the court, which should be a huge sigh of relief for the Heat, who showed some life after a win in Game 3 on Sunday.
The tall third-year man looked visibly frustrated when answering reporters’ questions about his health, and that’s understandable, considering the last two playoff games he missed are more than what he missed. missed in the past two seasons combined. His versatility and athleticism are unmatched on this Heat roster, and without him on the floor, defensively, Miami struggled mightily in the first two games against the Lakers. Adebayo has arguably been the Heat’s best player in the playoffs, evidenced by his team-high 9.5 net rating of any player in Miami’s regular rotation.
Adebayo’s return to the starting lineup will bring a sense of normalcy to a Miami team that looked lost in the first two games of the NBA Finals. Game 3 has shown that this team can fight against the much-favored Lakers, and with Adebayo’s return, they will have even more chances to try for revenge.
As for Dragic, he always seemed less inclined to play. He told reporters on Monday that he was still in a lot of pain in his foot and had been listed as questionable for Game 4. The fact that he even attempted to play with a torn plantar fascia shows how difficult it is. , but as he said at his press conference earlier this week, he doesn’t want to be a liability on the floor.