MIAMI Miami Heat star Bam Adebayo needs surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb and is likely to be out at least until mid-January.
This is Adebayo’s first major injury in five professional seasons. He’s averaging a career-best 18.7 points for Miami this season, along with 10.2 rebounds per game.
Adebayo, this summer’s Olympic gold medalist, was injured in the loss to Denver on Monday. He underwent tests on Tuesday and Wednesday to determine the full extent of the injury, and it was determined that he had torn the ligament that protects the ulnar.
He dismissed the injury after the game, insisting it was something that didn’t happen.
“I’m fine,” he said.
Turns out, he is anything but.
The timetable for his return is not expected to be completed until after surgery, which was scheduled for Sunday. The initial prognosis from the team suggested that he would be absent for about six weeks.
Such a timeframe would leave Adebayo missing about 20 to 25 games.
It was a major blow to Miami, which was already facing a depleted front line because of Markieff Morris’ neck injury. Wednesday’s game against Cleveland will be the 12th Morris has missed since he was injured in a game against Nikola Jokic in Denver last month, and there is still no timetable for his return. that.
Dewayne Dedmon is the only other major on the Miami roster to have scored more minutes at center this season. The Heat have others who could play in place, including 41-year-old Udonis Haslem and power forward PJ Tucker, who is just 6 feet-5 tall.
Adebayo was one of three players to start all six games for the US at the Tokyo Olympics, where the Americans won gold. He leads the team in rebounds, averaging 5.7 per game, plus averaging 6.3 points on 57% shooting at the Olympics.
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