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Bam Adebayo plans to play in Heat-Lakers Game 3

Heat center Bam Adebayo vs. Lakers in NBA Finals

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLORIDA - OCTOBER 02: Bam Adebayo #13 of the Miami Heat reacts before Game Two of the 2020 NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers at AdventHealth Arena at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on October 02, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

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Bam Adebayo and Goran Dragic missed the Heat’s loss to the Lakers in Game 2 of the NBA Finals.

Miami could get a boost in Game 3 Sunday.

Adebayo, via Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports:

“Yes, I believe I’ll be in the lineup,” Adebayo told Yahoo Sports after missing the Los Angeles Lakers’ 124-114 victory that gave them a 2-0 series lead. “I’m feeling better. I believe I’ll play.”

Do the Heat decisionmakers share his confidence? Adebayo is highly competitive and of course wants to play. The organization might take a more-cautious approach.

Even if Adebayo plays, the Heat will still probably lose. But he’d give them a much better chance.

Centers Meyers Leonard and Kelly Olynyk aren’t good enough. Anthony Davis exposed the Heat when they went small.

That leaves few options other than hoping Adebayo returns.

Miami’s best defensive rebounder, he’d help a ton on the glass. His defensive versatility would also match up as well as possible with Davis, who is clicking.

Adebayo’s passing and finishing at the rim has been important throughout the season. But the Heat scored well in Game 2 without Adebayo and Dragic. That said, the Lakers – while scoring with ease – didn’t bring their defensive A-game.

Adebayo would change the dynamics of this series.

Probably not enough for Miami. But he’d at least help.