This marks the second straight game missed for both players, with the Heat currently trailing the Lakers 0-2 in the series. Adebayo and Dragic had hoped to return on Sunday, but the team had been listing them as “doubtful” to suit up over the past 48 hours.
“I can see the anguish, literally, in their eyes … they really want to be there because they love their teammates and they put their heart and soul into it,” head coach Erik Spoelstra said, as relayed by Dave McMenamin of ESPN (Twitter link).
Miami lost 124-114 in Game 2, starting Tyler Herro in place of Dragic and Meyers Leonard in place of Adebayo. The team struggled to protect the paint and allowed LeBron James and Anthony Davis to combine for 65 points on 29-for-45 shooting (64%).
In addition to Adebayo and Dragic, Heat star Jimmy Butler is also coping with an injury. Butler turned his ankle in the team’s Game 1 loss last week, still managing to produce 25 points and 13 assists in nearly 45 minutes during Game 2.
It’s unclear whether Dragic or Adebayo would likely be ready for Game 4, which is set to commence on Tuesday. Adebayo, the Heat’s second All-Star, is in the midst of a career-best campaign, while Dragic has served as the team’s second-leading scorer during the postseason (19.9 points per game).