MIAMI — Various Warmth gamers have commented on this second-round collection in opposition to the Knicks having been as bodily as any basketball they’ve performed this season.

Bam Adebayo stated it’s as grueling because the 2020 NBA Finals he performed in — and from which he was briefly knocked out.

“I acquired damage within the Finals [for two games]. That was in all probability one of the bodily collection I’ve been in. However I can put this proper up there to it,” Adebayo stated at Friday’s follow. “They’ve acquired guys that crash the glass, they give the impression of being to assault the rim. So the largest factor for us is boxing out and ensure we get the rebound.

“I really feel like physicality doesn’t actually begin till the ball goes within the air, [or] there’s a ball on the ground. That’s when physicality actually begins. I really feel like we’ve been battle examined, and we’re ready.”

The Newark, N.J.-born Adebayo alluded to the nagging hamstring damage he’s been coping with, and the good thing about having loved three days off earlier than Saturday’s Recreation 3 in Miami.

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Bam Adebayo dunks the ball during the game against the Knicks during Game Two of the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals.
Bam Adebayo dunks the ball throughout the sport in opposition to the Knicks throughout Recreation Two of the Jap Convention Semi-Finals.
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“Relaxation the hamstring,” Adebayo stated. “Good to get by days of excellent work, guys get the physique proper.”

This deep into the season, each participant is coping with aches and pains.

The distinctive physicality of this collection will solely exacerbate that.

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“Yeah, I imply, the playoffs are all fairly bodily, however I believe simply the way in which they crash the glass and rebound, and simply their dimension, makes them extra bodily,” Max Strus stated. “However [it’s] nothing we’re going to draw back from, and we love the physicality too. So it’s been enjoyable, and it’ll proceed to be enjoyable.”

Strus has been coping with a lower-back contusion from a participant Erik Spoelstra has insisted was a cost.

However the Miami ahead didn’t seem on the damage report for Recreation 3, and shrugged “I’ve had worse.

“You don’t not wish to play in these video games. All the things issues. All the things’s on the road. So that you’ve acquired to be keen to place your physique and provides all the pieces you have got presently of the 12 months.”

Cody Zeller (nasal fracture) is obtainable for Miami, whereas Haywood Highsmith (knee tendinitis) is possible, telling the Solar Sentinel that he took an injection earlier within the week.

Jimmy Butler (proper ankle sprain) and Caleb Martin (again contusion) are each listed as questionable, whereas Tyler Herro (proper hand fracture) and Victor Oladipo (torn patellar in his left knee) are out.