Will Goran Dragic be able to help the Heat stave off elimination Friday night against the Lakers?
The 34-year-old guard has not played in the 2020 NBA Finals since suffering a torn plantar fascia in the first half of Game 1. Miami got a much-needed boost from Bam Adebayo’s return in Game 4, but with Los Angeles holding a 3-1 lead, the Heat could really use Dragic’s combination of scoring and playmaking in the win-or-go-home contest.
Here’s the latest news on Dragic ahead of Game 5:
Goran Dragic injury updates
UPDATE: Dragic will not be available for Game 5, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.
ORIGINAL: Dragic is listed as doubtful for Game 5 on the most recent injury report, which was released at 2 p.m. ET on Friday. That is the same designation he was given for the previous three games in the series.
There was some hope Dragic could rejoin the rotation for Game 4 after he was seen warming up prior to tipoff, but video of the pregame workout showed Dragic struggling with lateral movements while defending Heat assistant coach Chris Quinn.
Goran Dragic was trying to move a bit on defense and didn’t particularly look good. Sitting down on bench checking out the support on his foot. pic.twitter.com/AoCrnqQiSD
— Will Manso (@WillManso) October 6, 2020
During his media availability on Monday, Dragic told reporters that he doesn’t have a specific timetable on when he could return.
“I’m doing everything, what I can do. It does feel better than when it happened,” Dragic said. “We’ll see. I don’t have a timetable yet. … I’m dealing with a lot of pain, so that’s the main concern. I don’t want to be a liability there on the floor for my team. I want to be the best that I can be.”
Lakers vs. Heat Game 5 injury report
Lakers starters Anthony Davis, Danny Green and LeBron James are all probable heading into Game 5. Each player is expected to log normal minutes without any issues.
Outside of Dragic, the only other Heat player on the Game 5 injury report is guard Gabe Vincent, who has not been a significant part of the rotation this season.
|Lakers||Anthony Davis||Probable||Right heel; right heel contusion|
|Lakers||Danny Green||Probable||Left finger; volar plate injury, left ring finger|
|Lakers||LeBron James||Probable||Right groin; sore right groin|
|Heat||Goran Dragic||Doubtful||Left foot; torn plantar fascia|
|Heat||Gabe Vincent||Questionable||Right knee; soreness|