The Miami Heat look to even up their NBA Finals series against the Los Angeles Lakers, but the task reportedly has been made a bit more difficult.
Miami star Bam Adebayo has been ruled out of Game 2 of the championship series Friday, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Adebayo’s status was in doubt Thursday after an MRI revealed a neck strain on the left side.
The Miami big man, who was a crucial factor in the Heat getting past the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference finals, exited Wednesday’s Game 1 in the third quarter with the injury.
Adebayo scored 18 or more points in five of Miami’s six games last series, including a postseason career-high 32 in Game 6.
LeBron James, Anthony Davis and the Lakers hold a 1-0 edge in the best-of-seven series entering Friday’s Game 2, which is scheduled for 9 p.m. ET.