Miami – Miami Heat star Bam Adebayo needs surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb and may be out until at least mid-January.
This is the first major injury of Adebayo’s five professional seasons. He averaged his career’s highest 18.7 points in Miami this season with a rebound of 10.2 per game.
Olympic gold medalist Adebayo was injured this summer after losing to Denver on Monday. He was tested on Tuesday and Wednesday to determine the full extent of the injury and was determined to have torn the ulnar collateral ligament.
He shrugged his injury after the match and claimed it was nothing.
“I’m fine,” he said.
After all, he was nothing.
His return schedule is not scheduled until after the surgery scheduled for Sunday. The first prognosis from the team demands that he miss about six weeks.
In such a time frame, Adebayo will go missing somewhere between 20 and 25 games.
It’s a big blow to Miami, who is dealing with a front coat that has already been depleted due to Markieff Morris’ neck injury. Wednesday’s match against Cleveland is Morris’s 12th absence since he was injured in a match against Nikola Jokić in Denver last month, and there are no plans to return.
Dewayne Dedmon is the only other big name on Miami’s roster that has set a considerable amount of time at the center this season. In the heat, there are other players who can play on the spot, such as 41-year-old Udonis Haslem and the power forward PJ Tucker (only 6 feet 5).
Adebayo was one of the three players who started all six games for the United States at the Tokyo Olympics, where Americans won gold medals. He led the team in rebounds, averaging 5.7 per game and an average of 6.3 points with 57% of the shots in the game.
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Heat Center Bam Adebayo needs thumb surgery and will be absent for a few weeks
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