Back on July 7 when it would’ve been Summer League time, teams started to travel to the bubble, and now we’re getting October playoff basketball instead of preseason action. Injuries always happen, but the bubble has been a raging success. We had some fun with lemon pepper BBQ wings for Richaun Holmes and from Magic City, House calls from Danuel, Big Face Coffee, and most importantly no positives on COVID-19 testing. Well, we might be ending on a sour note with the Heat suffering key injuries to Bam Adebayo and Goran Dragic.
Goran Dragic (foot) has a torn plantar fascia and is listed as doubtful. Per Tim Reynolds of the AP, Dragic is “fighting” to play in Game 2, but obviously a tear usually costs players multiple weeks. On top of that, Bam Adebayo has a neck strain and is doubtful. He was playing through a bit of a shoulder issue since Game 4 and a left shoulder strain was the initial diagnosis, but an MRI revealed it was a new neck issue. Not good. The Lakers did have two minor injuries with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope having a minor chest issue and Rajon Rondo getting poked in the eye. They’re OK.
There’s a lot of ways we have to approach this, and the Bam news makes it even tougher for Miami to get a win. If you missed it, Drew Dinkmeyer, Andrew Wiggins and I did a pod to recap Game 1 and go over the Dragic news. We weren’t sure on Bam, so we didn’t address that in the pod.
Miami Heat vs. Los Angeles Lakers (-9), 9:00 pm ET
Team Totals: Heat 103.8, Lakers 112.8
Injury News: Goran Dragic (foot) is doubtful, Bam Adebayo (neck) is doubtful, Chris Silva is questionable, Gabe Vincent is questionable, Anthony Davis (heel contusion) is probable, LeBron James (groin) is probable, and Danny Green (finger) is probable.
Heat Expected Starters: Kendrick Nunn, Duncan Robinson, Jimmy Butler, Jae Crowder, Kelly Olynyk
Lakers Expected Starters: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Danny Green, LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Dwight Howard
Heat Rotation Notes: Tyler Herro started the third for Dragic, Kendrick Nunn played the final 19, Kelly Olynyk played the final 18, Solomon Hill played the final 12.
Lakers Rotation Notes: A little more overlap of Kyle Kuzma and Danny Green in Game 1 after very little in final three of Denver series, Dwight Howard only had two stints as he started each half, Markieff Morris may have closed if not for garbage time, Danny Green may have closed.