Bam Adebayo is back.
After being upgraded to questionable in Miami’s updated medical report Monday evening, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that the former Wildcat is planning to return for Game 4 of the NBA Finals this evening.
Miami Heat All-Star Bam Adebayo is planning to return for Game 4 vs. the Lakers tonight, sources tell ESPN. Lakers lead series, 2-1.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) October 6, 2020
Adebayo left Game 1 with neck and shoulder pain and was later diagnosed with a neck strain, keeping him out of both Game 2 and 3. The Los Angeles Lakers won Game 2 to take a 2-0 lead, followed by Jimmy Butler’s 40-point triple-double performance in Game 3 to help the Heat cut the series to 2-1.
On Monday, Adebayo said he was “getting better” and would be out on the floor as soon as the medical staff clears him to play.
“I’m getting better. It’s up to the medical staff,” he said. “I’m trying to get back as quickly as possible. It’s really day-to-day. When they say I’m ready to play I’ll be out there.
“I don’t miss games. That’s not me,” the former Wildcat continued. “That’s not how I’m built. I want to play. I’ve always been like that. I’ve always got the thrill of just putting on that uniform and going out there and playing. To be in the Finals and the medical staff is telling me I can’t play … it sucks. But I understand.”
Prior to the injury in Game 1, the former Wildcat finished with eight points and four rebounds in 21 minutes of action. In the Playoffs, Adebayo is currently averaging 15.9 points, 10.2 rebounds, and 5.1 assists per contest.
Game 4 is scheduled for this evening at 9 p.m. ET on ABC. With a win, the Heat would tie the series up at 2-2 heading into Game 5 on Friday.