The Miami Heat were missing two of their players – Bam Adebayo and Goran Dragic, from their starting line up. Dragic suffered a torn plantar fascia in the first half of Game 1, and Adebayo is still dealing with the effects of a neck strain.
The team was still able to pull off the win behind an NBA Finals performance for the ages from Jimmy Butler, but with the series back within their reach at 2-1, the Heat are hoping to get their key players back in the line up for the remainder of the series.
Adebayo, who made his first All-Star appearance this season, is integral to Miami’s success on both ends of the floor. Dragic has been Heat’s second-leading scorer in these playoffs (19.9 points per game) behind only Jimmy Butler (with 22.1).
In the latest news ahead of Game 4, Dragic is listed as doubtful, but Adebayo has been upgraded to questionable on the most recent injury report, released at 5:30 p.m. ET on Monday. On a Zoom call, Adebayo said that he was “getting better” but noted that the team’s medical staff will make the final decision on whether or not he can suit up. Dragic, on the other hand, seems to be on a long road to recovery. He said that there is a “low” chance he will play in Game 4.
With Adebayo and Dragic missing the last two games, the Heat have called upon a trio of players to suit up and fill the minutes left behind by the two starters. After playing just a total of 8:51 in the first three rounds for the Heat, Myers Leonard has stepped in place of Adebayo in Games 2 and 3. Leonard who’s been the team’s biggest cheerleader in the bubble is averaging 7 points, shooting 83.3% in 11.0 per game in the Finals. Leonard won’t be asked to play big minutes, but he is doing what he can to keep Miami afloat.