The Heat have been without Bam Adebayo for some time.
On December 1, the Heat announced that Adebayo had suffered a torn UCL on his right thumb during a team loss to the Nuggets, adding that he would undergo surgery.
INJURY UPDATES: Bam Adebayo suffered a torn ulnar collateral ligament on his right thumb during Monday’s game against Denver and will undergo surgery this weekend.
A schedule for his return will be provided after the operation.
– Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) December 1, 2021
Adebayo presented himself in 18 matches this season. In 32.9 minutes, he averages 18.7 points, 10.2 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.1 gains per game, while 51.9 percent shoot from the field.
What’s next for Adebayo? Here’s everything we know about his injury, and the latest news on when he may return to court.
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What is Bam Adebayo’s injury?
Adebayo has a torn ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) on his right thumb.
Here is a game in which Adebayo apparently got hurt:
Here’s a game during the Heat-Nuggets, where Bam Adebayo injured his right thumb. He goes for a pass and slams his hand on Jeff Green. You can see him holding his hand. He later entered the fourth quarter with his right hand over. pic.twitter.com/KSWhm4JgBk
– Wes Goldberg (@wcgoldberg) December 1, 2021
How long will Bam Adebayo be out?
The Heat said the schedule for Adebay’s return would be provided after the operation, but Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN said he was expected to miss four to six weeks.
ESPN Sources: Miami Bam Adebayo’s expected return schedule with impending thumb operation: four to six weeks.
– Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) December 1, 2021
According to Jeff Stotts of In Street Clothes, the average time spent on surgery during the season to repair a torn UCL is 26 matches, or about seven weeks.
Re: Bam Adebayo: The average loss of time during surgery during the season to repair a torn UCL thumb is 26 games (~ 7 weeks). Chris Paul and Marcus Smart returned the fastest, missing 39 days (14 matches) and 44 days (15 matches).
– Jeff Stotts (@InStreetClothes) December 1, 2021
So far this season, Adebayo has appeared in 18 of 21 possible matches. Earlier in the season, he missed three games due to a knee injury. Dewayne Dedmon started in these games instead.
After losing to the Nuggets, the Heat are in third place in the Eastern Conference table with a balance of 13-8.
UPDATE (January 14, 2022): According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Adebayo could return to the Miami game against Toronto on Monday, January 17.
After a right thumb operation six weeks ago, Miami Heat All-Star Center Bam Adebayo is aiming to return against the Toronto Raptors on Monday, ESPN sources. Adebayo, who averages 18.7 points and 10.2 rebounds, made his mark on the pitch this week.
– Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 14, 2022
Upcoming heat schedule 2021-22
|Fri, January 14||vs. Atlanta||20:00|
|Saturday, January 15||vs. Philadelphia||20:00|
|Mon, January 17||vs. Toronto||19:30|
|Wed, January 19||vs. Portland||19:30|
|Fri, January 21||in Atlanta||19:30|
|Sun, January 23||vs. Los Angeles||18:00|
|Wed, January 26||vs. New York||19:30|
|Fri, January 28||vs. LA||20:00|