The Heat have been without Bam Adebayo for a while.

On December 1, the Heat announced that Adebayo suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right thumb during the team’s loss to the Nuggets, adding that he will undergo surgery.

Adebayo has appeared in 18 games this season. In 32.9 minutes, he is averaging 18.7 points, 10.2 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.1 steals per game, shooting 51.9 percent from the field.

What’s next for Adebayo? Here’s everything we know about his injury and the latest news on when he can return to the pitch.

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What is Bam Adebayo’s injury?

Adebayo has suffered a torn ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) in his right thumb.

Here is the play in which Adebayo seems to have been injured:

How long will Bam Adebayo be out?

The Heat announced that a timeline on Adebayo’s return after he undergoes surgery will be provided, but ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that he is expected to miss four to six weeks.

According to Jeff Stotts of In Street Clothes, the average time lost to surgery during the season to repair a torn UCL is 26 games or about seven weeks.

Adebayo has appeared in 18 of a possible 21 games so far this season. He missed three games earlier in the season with a knee injury. Dewayne Dedmon started in his place in those games.

Following their loss to the Nuggets, the Heat sit in third place in the Eastern Conference standings with a 13-8 record.

UPDATE (January 14, 2022): According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Adebayo could return for Miami’s matchup with Toronto on Monday, January 17.

Heat upcoming calendar 2021-22

Date Adversary Time (ET)
fri, jan 14 versus atlanta 20:00
saturday, jan fifteen against Philly 20:00
Wed, January 17 against toronto 19:30
Wednesday, January 19 versus portland 19:30
fri, jan twenty-one in atlanta 19:30
Sunday, January 23 vs. The Angels 18:00
Wednesday, January 26 against New York 19:30
fri, jan 28 against A 20:00