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Bam Adebayo expected to play in Friday’s game vs. the Hornets

Heat center is dealing with a knee injury and was downgraded to questionable in the early afternoon. He’s on track to play Friday.

Bam Adebayo #13 of the Miami Heat handles the ball during the game against the Orlando Magic on October 25, 2021 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida.  Photo by Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images

Update — Adebayo is expected to play in Friday night’s game vs. the Hornets.

Miami Heat C Bam Adebayo was downgraded to questionable to play in Friday’s game vs. the Charlotte Hornets due to a knee injury. He was previously listed as probable on Thursday’s injury report.

Adebayo has been a solid force in the early stages of the season and a key to the Heat getting off to a quick 3-1 start. Playing in an average of just over 30 minutes a game, he is averaging 19.2 points on 50% shooting and 12.8 rebounds per contest. He really excelled in the team’s 106-93 road victory over Brooklyn on Wednesday, putting up a team-high 24 points and nine rebounds in the contest.

Point guard Kyle Lowry is also dealing with an injury for Friday’s matchup with the Hornets but he is currently listed as probably. If Adebayo is limited for tonight or doesn’t go at all, we could see more minutes for backup center Dewayne Dedmon.