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Heat’s Dragic, Adebayo officially ‘doubtful’ for game 3 vs Lakers

/ 08:13 AM October 04, 2020

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLORIDA – SEPTEMBER 30: Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers and Bam Adebayo #13 of the Miami Heat fight for a rebound during the first quarter in Game One of the 2020 NBA Finals at AdventHealth Arena at the ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on September 30, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images/AFP

MIAMI – The Miami Heat’s chances of turning the tables on the Los Angeles Lakers took a hit with Bam Adebayo and Goran Dragic officially listed as “doubtful” Saturday for Sunday’s game three of the NBA Finals.

Star center Adebayo and high-scoring guard Dragic both missed game two on Friday with injuries suffered in the Heat’s game one defeat.

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Adebayo has a neck strain and Dragic has a torn plantar fascia in his left foot.

Their absence leaves a big void for the Heat, who will be trying to avoid falling into an 0-3 hole in the best-of-seven championship series on Sunday.

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Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said before game two that both players were eager to return to action.

“They are warriors and are continuing to try to lobby, but they just need rest, recovery, and treatment and that’s the only course of action right now,” Spoelstra said.

Star forward Jimmy Butler said after game two that Dragic and Adebayo were lobbying to play “every second before the game” but added that the pair’s teammates backed the decision to keep them sidelined.

“Yeah, we need those guys, we want those guys out there with us. But it’s just bigger than basketball,” Butler said. “We want them to have a long career and whenever they do get back in this series we want them to be ready to go.”

Miami’s star rookie Tyler Herro, like Butler and Spoelstra, remained confident that the Heat can respond, regardless of who is on the floor.

“We have two options: We can fold and we can fight, like the Miami Heat do,” Herro said. “We know what kind of team we are. We know what we’re capable of, and next game we’re going to have to fight and make some plays.”

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