LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Miami Heat center Bam Adebayo and point guard Goran Dragic won’t play because of injuries in Game 2 of the NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday.
Adebayo has a strained neck sustained in Game 1 and is also dealing with a previous shoulder injury. Dragic tore the plantar fascia in his left foot in the series opener.
Their losses are devastating for the Heat who will turn to point guard Kendrick Nunn, an All-Rookie performer this season, and big men Kelly Olynyk and Meyers Leonard.
Nunn started 67 games and averaged 15.3 points in 29.3 minutes during the regular season. But his playoff numbers have dipped to 4.7 points and 12.4 minutes per game. He scored 18 points off the bench in Game 1 after Dragic left with his injury.
Bam Adebayo and Goran Dragic (Photo: Getty Images)
"At this point, it's all hands on deck, and it's not like the guys that were potentially sliding into the rotation haven't played before," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "These guys have confidence and have played big roles for us all year long. Our depth has been one of our biggest strengths. It's not just coach speak. We've utilized our depth all year long."
With that said, the numbers don’t look good without Adebayo and Dragic. In the 428 playoff minutes Adebayo and Dragic shared the court, the Heat outscored opponents by 55 points. In the 98 minutes both were off the court, the Heat were outscored by 42 points, per NBA stats.
Jimmy Butler, Tyler Herro, Duncan Robinson, Jae Crowder and Andre Iguodala must be much better in Game 2 if Miami wants a shot at tying the series.
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