Bam Adebayo Injury: Heat center “will be ready to go” in fifth game of Eastern Conference final
Miami Heat center Bam Adebayo was visibly injured at the end of Game 4 against the Boston Celtics. He was seen grabbing his left arm with about two minutes to go into their 112-109 win after trying to box Jayson Tatum. He was done playing but was seen flexing his hand and catching his wrist for the remainder of the fourth quarter.
“I’m fine,” Adebayo said after the game. “Just a wrong turn, someone grabbed my arm, wrong little move, nothing serious.”
Head coach Erik Spoelstra only said that Adebayo was freezing his body after the game, but on Thursday afternoon he said his All-Star cross was fine.
“He will be ready to go tomorrow,” he said. When asked if it was a wrist, shoulder or arm injury, he said, “It’s a bit of everything. It’s a physical series.
Adebayo destroyed the Celtics in the Eastern Conference final. He averaged 15.9 points per game on 55.7% shots in the regular season but is currently at 21.5 points per game on 60.4% shots in this series. Boston has not been able to respond to Adebayo’s pick-and-rolls, which often result in back and forth. Adebayo finished 14 alley oops in 13 playoff games, six of them came in those four games against Boston.
Adebayo made his First Team All-Star and was named in the Second Team All-Defensive. As good as he was in the regular season, it was Miami’s decision to get Jae Crowder and Andre Iguodala that really unlocked another level in their game.
“The acquisitions of Iguodala and Crowder by the trade deadline were huge, and you knew it as soon as they happened,” said Brad Stevens. “I think the opportunity for them to play small ball with even more versatility and to surround these more skillful shooters … And that has allowed them to – a team that has started strong all year, it allowed them to start Adebayo at five with all this ground, this spacing, now everyone’s strengths are all the more amplified. “
Adebayo and the Heat will look to finish off the Celtics in Game 5 tomorrow night. If they win, it will be Miami’s first trip to the NBA Finals since 2014, when they lost to the San Antonio Spurs.