Bam Adebayo is inching closer to a return to the NBA Finals.
In the Miami Heat’s updated medical report, the former Wildcat’s status was upgraded from doubtful to questionable with a neck strain.
After leaving Game 1 with neck and shoulder pain, Adebayo missed both Game 2 and 3, with the Lakers winning the former and the Heat cutting the series deficit to just one at 2-1 in the latter.
Prior to the injury in Game 1, the former Wildcat finished with eight points and four rebounds in 21 minutes of action.
As for his potential return, Adebayo said today that he’s “getting better” and will 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.”
Game 4 is scheduled for Tuesday 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.