Bam Adebayo of the Miami Heat injured his thumb on Monday in the game against Denver and it seems as though he’ll be out for 4 to 6 weeks in order to heal up from the surgery he’ll need to fix the issue. The Heat lost Monday’s game 120 to 111.
The surgery he is set to get will apparently need to take place this weekend. The team specified in an official statement on Twitter that the injury is specifically described as a tear of a ligament in his right thumb.
“Bam Adebayo suffered a torn Ulnar Collateral Ligament in his right thumb during Monday’s game vs Denver and will undergo surgery this weekend. A timetable on his return will be provided post-surgery.”
As per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN: “The expected timeline on a return for Miami’s Bam Adebayo with looming thumb surgery: four-to-six weeks.”
Jeff Stotts, who is an injury analyst chimed in and disagreed with what was reported as the projected time of Bam Adebayo‘s return from such a procedure. He instead detailed just how long this injury, or rather the surgery can take to heal. He said:
“The average time lost for in-season surgery to repair a torn UCL of the thumb is 26 games (~7 weeks). Chris Paul and Marcus Smart returned to the quickest, missing 39 days (14 games) and 44 days (15 games), respectively.”
So it doesn’t look good for Bam Adebayo who can miss up to 21 games because of this according to a report at bleacherreport.com. Until he’s set to return, Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra, will be going with Dewayne Dedmon in the starting center position.