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Heat's Adebayo (neck), Dragic (foot) ruled out for Game 3

FILE PHOTO: Sep 19, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; Miami Heat forward Bam Adebayo (13) brings the ball up court against the Boston Celtics during the first half of game three of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2020 NBA Playoffs at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Miami Heat players Bam Adebayo and Goran Dragic each have been ruled out for Sunday’s Game 3 of the NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers because of injuries.

The Heat confirmed the players’ status less than two hours before tipoff. Miami trails the series 2-0.

Adebayo has a neck muscle strain, and Dragic has a torn left plantar fascia. The players each finished in the top three on the Heat scoring list during the regular season, with Dragic averaging 16.2 points per game and Adebayo scoring 15.9 points per contest.

Both players were key to the Heat’s terrific run in the Eastern Conference playoffs. Dragic is averaging 19.9 points and 4.6 assists in 16 playoff games, and Adebayo has posted 17.8 points to go along with 10.9 rebounds in the same stretch. Both players left Game 1 in the series with their injuries and were not available in Game 2.

The Lakers have won each of the first two games of the NBA Finals by double digits.

--Field Level Media