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Reports: The Heat Could Head into Game 2 Without Dragic, Adebayo

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Los Angeles Lakers’ Anthony Davis, right, stops Miami Heat’s Bam Adebayo (13) on a drive to the basket during the first half of Game 1 of basketball’s NBA Finals Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

On the heels (or rims?) of Wednesday’s disappointing performance by the Miami Heat, who lost Game 1 in a 116-98 final score to the Lakers, there’s word that Friday’s 9 p.m. meeting could be an even greater challenge.

The South Florida Sun Sentinel reports that injuries sustained during Wednesday’s game could keep starting point guard Goran Dragic as well as starting center Bam Adebayo off the court.

According to the team, Dragic tore his left plantar fascia, while Adebayo is recovering from a neck strain. For those reasons, Heat officials don’t think the pair will be in Game 2 on Friday.

“We’ll just have to see who’s available and make the adjustments accordingly,” coach Erik Spoelstra explained Thursday.

Kendrick Nunn and Kelly Olynyk may return to the court to fill the shoes of Dragic and Adebayo, respectively.

As far as Dragic’s injury goes, teammate Jimmy Butler says, “You can hear that pain in his voice, of him feeling like that he may have let us down.”

“He’s carried us to this point, and it’s only our duty to pay that back to him right now,” Butler went on to say.

Could the Heat “bounce back?”