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NBA: Heat star Bam Adebayo exits protocol, available vs Hawks in Game 1

/ 05:17 PM April 17, 2022
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Bam Adebayo #13 of the Miami Heat is fouled by Onyeka Okongwu #17 of the Atlanta Hawks during the second half at FTX Arena on April 08, 2022 in Miami, Florida. Michael Reaves/Getty Images/AFP

Miami Heat center Bam Adebayo cleared the NBA’s health and safety protocol on Saturday.

“He’s back,” tweeted the top-seeded Heat, who open the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs at home Sunday against the Atlanta Hawks.

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Adebayo, 24, missed the regular season finale against the Orlando Magic on April 10 after entering the COVID-19 protocol.

Adebayo told The Athletic he was asymptomatic and that he expects to be on the court Sunday.

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He averaged a career-high 19.1 points to go with 10.1 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.4 steals in 56 games (all starts) in his fifth season in 2021-22.

A first-round pick in 2017 and an All-Star in 2019-20, he owns career averages of 13.5 points and 8.3 boards in 343 games (239 starts) with the Heat.

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