Ira Winderman: Now officially official: Bam Adebayo (neck) and Goran Dragic (foot) have been officially downgraded to out for tonight vs. Lakers.
Harrison Faigen: Erik Spoelstra said he had to "play the role of not just coach, but parent these last 24 hours" because Goran and Bam were both lobbying so hard to play. "I ultimately had to take the decision out of their hands for tonight."
Ira Winderman: Frank Vogel on having to face a 3-point-shooting big man (Olynyk, Leonard), "Well it definitely presents a different challenge than Bam would." Says Lakers can always downside if needed.
Tim Reynolds: Bam Adebayo is getting "as much treatment as can be done" with hopes of a return in this series, AP is told. For context on the severity of his neck/shoulder issues: There have been at least a half-dozen games in his career where he played through things that would bench most.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Miami Heat All-Star Bam Adebayo (shoulder) will miss Game 2 of the NBA Finals vs. Lakers tonight, but there remains hope that he could return for Game 3 on Sunday, sources tell ESPN. The Heat have listed him as doubtful for tonight.
Ira Winderman: Heat injury report: Bam Adebayo (Neck Strain) Doubtful Goran Dragić (Left Foot Torn Plantar Fascia) Doubtful Chris Silva (Left Pubic Bone Stress Fracture) Questionable Gabe Vincent (Right Knee Soreness) Questionable) (Jimmy Butler, ankle, is not on the injury report.)
Ira Winderman: Per Heat: Goran Dragic (left foot torn plantar fascia) is listed as doubtful to play in tomorrow's #NBAFinals Game 2 vs the Lakers. Bam Adebayo is also listed as doubtful after a MRI revealed a neck strain (left side). (Spoelstra says new injury for Adebayo.)
Tim Reynolds: Source says Bam Adebayo intends to play Friday in Game 2. There will be a lot of treatment in his future Thursday.
Mirjam Swanson: Spoelstra on Dragic's injury: "I don't know right now. I know he's as tough as anybody, and it's the Finals, but I don't have an update on his foot right now." On Bam's injury: "I don't have that answer right now, and then we'll reevaluate him tomorrow and see where we are."
Anthony Chiang: Bam Adebayo not on Heat injury report for tomorrow's Game 5 vs. Celtics. Gabe Vincent (right knee soreness) is questionable. Chris Silva (groin) is out.
Tim Reynolds: Ok. The Bam story. He got dinged up in Game 3, got it aggravated tonight, he will get treatment, sources tell AP that he is fine and is playing Friday.
Anthony Chiang: Jimmy Butler not on the 5:30 p.m. injury report for tomorrow's 1:30 p.m. game against the Raptors. Only Heat players on report: Bam Adebayo is probable with a right quadriceps contusion. Goran Dragic is probable with upper back spasms.
Anthony Chiang: Heat injury update for tomorrow’s game vs. Magic: Kendrick Nunn, Jimmy Butler and Goran Dragic questionable. Bam Adebayo (right ankle soreness) probable. Justise Winslow remains out.
Anthony Chiang: Bam Adebayo (right hip bruise) questionable for tomorrow’s game vs. Bucks. Justise Winslow (right thigh bruise) and Rodney McGruder (left knee soreness) doubtful.
Shandel Richardson: Josh Richardson will play tonight. Heat list Bam Adebayo as “available” but doubt he plays tonight vs Magic
Anthony Chiang: Josh Richardson and Tyler Johnson not on injury report for tomorrow's game vs. Magic. But Wayne Ellington, James Johnson, Derrick Jones Jr. and Dion Waiters have been ruled out. Bam Adebayo is doubtful.
Barry Jackson: Adabayo, Ellington, Richardson out with injuries for Heat preseason opener at Spurs at 5. Waiters, JJ, too, of course
June 25, 2022 | 11:00 am EDT Update
Andrew Wiggins: When they talk it’s all motivation. When I first got here, everyone had something to say, now everyone is quiet. That’s the best feeling, when people doubt you, and people sleep on you, and don’t think that you can do something that you know you can do, that you’ve been doing your whole life. It’s good to just make those guys kick rocks.
Andrew Wiggins: To be honest, since I was in Minnesota, I always felt like I was one of the best. I always felt like I could defend, I felt like I could score as well as anybody. So I just knew my time was up here [Minnesota], we have reached the end of our journey, and that was a new chapter opening up in Golden State. So now it’s a bigger stage and it’s really time to showcase what I can do.
Andrew Wiggins: If we get everyone back I don’t see why we can’t do this whole thing again. We have the leadership, we have the veterans, we have the young guys who are getting better everyday, every practice, every moment that are willing to learn and be coached. So why can’t we run this thing back again?
Miami basketball alum Kameron McGusty is joining the Detroit Pistons summer league team with his former Hurricanes teammate Charlie Moore. ISE Worldwide, the agency representing McGusty, made the announcement via social media that McGusty signed with Detroit. They will join the Pistons’ first-round pick, Jaden Ivey.
ABC’s primetime telecast of the 2022 NBA Draft notched a 0.3 rating in the adults 18-49 demo Thursday, while a repeat of Young Sheldon on CBS was the night’s highest-rated scripted show. According to fast affiliate ratings from Nielsen, 1.77 million viewers tuned into the draft on ABC, which carried the first round live from Barclays Center in New York; ESPN simulcast the event and aired both the first and second rounds.