Heat’s Bam Adebayo: ‘I’m playing’ in Game 2 vs. Hawks


The Miami Heat will take on the Atlanta Hawks in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference first-round playoff series on Tuesday night, and it looks like they’ll have two-time Second-Team All-Defensive center Bam Adebayo on the court for the tilt.

Adebayo finished the Heat’s Game 1 victory on Sunday with six points, six rebounds and five assists in 28 minutes of action. Prior to picking up his quadriceps injury, Adebayo had missed time earlier this month while in the NBA’s health and safety protocols.

The 24-year-old finished the regular season with career highs in points (19.1) and steals per game (1.4), while also posting 10.1 rebounds and 3.4 assists per contest but was limited to a career-low 56 contests. Adebayo made headlines on Monday when he said he felt it was “disrespectful” that he wasn’t named a Defensive Player of the Year finalist.

Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart was named the 2021-2022 Defensive Player of the Year on Monday.


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