The Miami Heat welcomed back Bam Adebayo (neck) into the starting lineup for Game 4, but they're still awaiting the return of Goran Dragic.
Dragic had been listed as "doubtful" on the Miami Heat's injury report for Game 5 and has since been ruled out, per Shams Charania of The Athletic.
Heat guard Goran Dragic (torn plantar fascia) is missing Game 5 of NBA Finals against the Lakers, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.- Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) October 9, 2020
Dragic, who suffered a torn plantar fascia in his left foot in Game 1 against the Los Angeles Lakers, tried to test his injured foot in warm-ups ahead of Game 4, but it was ultimately determined he wasn't ready to take the court.
Dragic has been a key cog for the Heat in their run to the Finals, averaging 19.9 points, 4.6 assists and 4.0 rebounds per game this postseason.
"If I am honest, I don't know," Dragic said prior to Game 4, via Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald.
"This injury depends on how it goes. It progresses different from other guys. The only thing I can do is be on top of my treatments. I'm doing that 24/7. If I have a few days [maybe I can play]. I'm making some progress. Some days I'm the same. [The Doctors] say it could change. It's better than it was. We'll see how it reacts in the near future. I'm doing everything I can do."
Goran Dragic trying his best to warm up. Gotta feel for him 😕- NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) October 6, 2020
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Leading 3-1, the Lakers are one win away from winning the title. Should the Heat win Game 5 to extend the series, it's still unknown if Dragic would be able to play.
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