The Miami Heat pledged to avoid the kind of performance that led to an 18-point loss to the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. But Miami will have to do so while dealing with similar circumstances that contributed to the outcome.
The Heat considered it doubtful that guard Goran Dragic (torn plantar fascia in left foot) and forward Bam Adebayo (left neck strain) will play in Game 2 after both were sidelined in Game 1. After hobbling throughout Game 1 with his left ankle, Jimmy Butler described himself as feeling OK while wearing a wrap on his left ankle following practice Thursday.
Still, Butler vowed that he will play Game 2 on Friday.
“Nobody cares. As long as I suit up and go out there and compete, I’m expected to produce and try to help win,” Butler said. “So if I suit up, which I will, better win the game.”
Still, the Heat talked more about its determination about rectifying a Game 1 loss than expressing concern that a possible absence both to Dragic and Adebayo could contribute to another defeat.