Netease Sports reported on October 2:
Adebayor, the inner core of the Miami Heat, underwent an MRI and was diagnosed with a neck strain. Adebayor and teammate Dragic (plantar fascia tear) are unlikely to play in the second game of the finals. Although only one game was played in the finals, the Heat have suffered serious injuries. In addition to Dragic and Adebayor, the star Jimmy Butler also sprained his ankle in the opening game. At the press conference, Butler wrapped a bandage around his ankle.
Adebayor averaged 17.8 points and 10.9 rebounds in the playoffs. With more than 6 minutes left in the third quarter of the first game of the series, he suffered a shoulder injury. In this battle, Adebayor only scored 8 points and 4 rebounds, playing a big drop. The 23-year-old Adebayor suffered a shoulder injury in the fourth game of the previous series against the Celtics. Spoelstra said that Adebayor's injury this time has nothing to do with previous injuries.
Dragic only scored 6 points and 3 assists in the opening game of the Finals, far below his 19.9 points per game in the playoffs this year. Butler said: "Obviously, we want him to be with the team. We need him, he played a huge role for the team in the playoffs. Throughout the year, he is willing to do anything for the team, whether starting or Substitute, score or assist."
Butler admitted that many of the Heat have played in the Finals for the first time, and there will inevitably be tension. He said: "We realize that we must perform better on both offensive and defensive ends in order to get a chance to win. We really need those two people. But when one person falls, the next person must always come forward. "
Due to the injuries of Adebayor and Dragic, coach Spoelstra will discover more other players. He said that one of the Heat's greatest strengths is the depth of the lineup, and they have been using the depth of the lineup throughout the year.
If Adebayor and Dragic are determined to be unable to play, then Olynik and Nunn are expected to replace their vacancies. In the opening game of the Finals, Nunn scored 18 points and Olynik contributed 4 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists.