Miami Heat All-Star forward Bam Adebayo returned and started for Game 4 of The Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers. Adebayo has been sidelined for the past two games with a neck strain, which he suffered during Game 1 of the series.
Guard Goran Dragic, however, continued to sit out with a torn left plantar fascia. The Slovenian veteran was a game-time decision before ultimately being ruled out after testing the injury during pregame warmups.
Adebayo said on Monday he was "getting better", but he had not been cleared to play yet.
“It’s up to the medical staff. I’m trying to get back as quickly as possible,” Adebayo said. “They’re just trying to make sure I’m safe and I’m ready to play. So, it’s really day-to-day, and when they say I’m ready to play, I’ll be out there. But yeah, it sucks sitting on the sideline."