LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Miami Heat star Bam Adebayo, who suffered a neck strain in Game 1 of the NBA Finals, told Yahoo Sports on Friday night that he plans to return for Game 3.
“Yes, I believe I’ll be in the lineup,” Adebayo told Yahoo Sports after missing the Los Angeles Lakers’ 124-114 victory that gave them a 2-0 series lead. “I’m feeling better. I believe I’ll play.”
Adebayo exited the first game of the series with eight points and four rebounds in 21 minutes.
The 23-year-old first-time All-Star watched intently from the bench in Game 2 and believes his team isn’t done.
“We’ve got to play with a level of desperation,” Adebayo told Yahoo Sports. “That’s what I see. We’ve got to be a desperate team and come out with a lot of energy from the jump. I’m confident we can turn things around.”
Heat point guard Goran Dragic was sidelined for Game 2 as well with a left plantar tear in his foot. His status for Game 3 is unknown.
“We just got to continue to fight,” Adebayo told Yahoo Sports. “We’ve done it all year.”
Adebayo is averaging 17.8 points, 10.9 rebounds and 4.6 assists in the NBA’s Disney bubble.
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