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Heat’s Bam Adebayo expected to miss 4-6 weeks following thumb surgery

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MIAMI, FLORIDA - NOVEMBER 29: Bam Adebayo #13 of the Miami Heat fights for control of the ball against Facundo Campazzo #7 and Nikola Jokic #15 of the Denver Nuggets during the second half at FTX Arena on November 29, 2021 in Miami, 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 Mark Brown/Getty Images)

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Nagging injuries have made the Heat look pedestrian of late after a contender-looking start to the season. Tyler Herro missed time, so did Jimmy Butler, and both of them are critical to what the Heat do.

Now comes word Olympic gold medal winning center Bam Adebayo will miss time following thumb surgery, something the team announced Wednesday.

The ulnar collateral ligament connects the lower and upper parts of the thumb on the inside.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN added a timeline for his return.

Adebayo is a key player for the Heat on both ends of the floor. He averages 18.7 points and 10.2 rebounds a game, plus anchors the Miami defense. Expect Dewayne Dedmon to get more run and for Erik Spoelstra to look at more small lineups.