April 16 update: Bam Adebayo is out of protocols and expected to play in Game 1. P.J. Tucker is also planning on playing tomorrow, even if the Heat officially list him as questionable or probable. The Heat should be at full strength for the first time in a long time for Game 1.
The Miami Heat have had a fantastic season led by Jimmy Butler, Tyler Herro, and Bam Adebayo. They clinched the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference and are set to look for redemption in the playoffs after being swept by the Bucks in the first round last year.
Like any team, the Heat have dealt with their fair share of injuries throughout the season, including an extensive battle with COVID-19 health and safety protocols through the winter months. As they head toward the playoffs, they’ve got a sizable list of injured players, though most of them are listed as questionable or day-to-day and shouldn’t affect their playoff run overall.
The only real concern the Heat have heading into the playoffs is with P.J. Tucker, who was diagnosed with a strained calf and is set to be re-evaluated just before the playoffs get underway. Tucker has averaged 7.6 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 2.1 assists throughout the campaign and has been a valuable asset, playing as a starter for most of the season. Bam Adebayo entered health and safety protocols but he’ll eventually clear those with no issues.
Here’s a look at Miami’s full injury report ahead of the playoffs.
Miami Heat injury report as of April 8
- P.J. Tucker - calf strain - out
- Bam Adebayo - health and safety protocols - TBD
- Dewayne Dedmon - ankle sprain - questionable
- Haywood Highsmith - hip flexor strain - questionable
- Caleb Martin - calf contusion - questionable
- Markieff Morris - hip flexor strain - questionable
- Gabe Vincent - toe contusion - questionable
- Omer Yurtseven - non-COVID illness - questionable