It appears the Heat won’t have Bam Adebayo or Goran Dragic for Game 3 of the NBA Finals, tweets Shams Charania of The Athletic. Sources tell Charania that both players are listed as doubtful for Sunday night’s contest.
Adebayo is dealing with a shoulder strain that he suffered in Game 1, along with a neck strain that was discovered in an MRI. He had been stellar before the injury, averaging 17.8 points and 10.9 rebounds in Miami’s first 16 playoff games.
Dragic is suffering from a torn left plantar fascia, which also happened in Game 1. Although the injury sometimes causes players to sit out for several weeks, there was hope that Dragic would be able to play Friday and he wasn’t officially scratched until a few hours before game time. Like Adebayo, Dragic has turned in an outstanding postseason, averaging 19.9 points, 4.0 rebounds and 4.6 assists in 16 games.
Both players are working to get back on the court, but Adebayo is considered closer to returning than Dragic, according to Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press (Twitter link).
Miami lost by 10 points in Game 2 without Adebayo and Dragic and faces an uphill climb to get back into the series even if both players eventually return.