October 10, 2020 | 10:12pm
A neck injury robbed the Heat’s Bam Adebayo of his red-hot form. Now a heel contusion has put Lakers star Anthony Davis in question.
Who is able to play Sunday in Game 6 of the NBA Finals — and how they fare — may determine who ends up hoisting the Larry O’Brien trophy.
Davis aggravated an earlier injury during the first quarter of Friday’s Game 5 loss, and he appeared to tweak it again in the fourth quarter. But he downplayed the issue and insisted he’ll fight through it with a chance to close out the Heat.
“[Andre Iguodala] stepped on it, re-aggravated it. But I’ll be fine on Sunday,” Davis said.
“It happened in the last series against Denver, Game 5 if I’m not mistaken. Iggy just re-aggravated it. Went out the end of the first and it just wore off and got back to normal. Just kept moving around, just trying not to sit down. Get that adrenaline going and I was able to keep going and keep playing.”
The Lakers had better hope so. Davis has averaged 26.2 points, 9.8 rebounds and two blocks in the Finals. He had 28 points and a dozen boards Friday, but they still lost.
Adebayo, meanwhile, has returned from his Game 1 neck injury, but hasn’t brought his old form with him. Averaging 12 points and just five boards in the Finals, he needs to give Jimmy Butler more support.
“I got to be better for him, so he doesn’t have to carry that load as much,” Adebayo said. “So my whole mindset is I got to be better for Jimmy, for my team.”
Adebayo was Miami’s best player in the Eastern Conference finals — leading them in points (21.8), rebounds (11), assists (5.2) and blocks (1.7). But after missing Games 2 and 3, he admitted he played timidly in Game 4, and he walked off the court Friday telling himself he had to play better.
“I just got to be more aggressive, and it’s a lot of times I just got to make the right reads. It’s nothing major, just minor tweaks. But I’m going to bounce back,” Adebayo said. “Just trying to forget about it. When you get in the Finals I don’t think anybody’s completely healthy, 100 percent, so I can’t dictate how I play because I’m injured. I got to go out there and still play like I am.”