Miami Heat’s Bam Adebayo clears protocols, expected to be available for Game 1 vs. Atlanta Hawks

Miami Heat center Bam Adebayo has cleared the NBA’s health and safety protocols, the team announced Saturday, and is expected to be available for Game 1 vs. the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday.

Adebayo missed the Heat’s regular-season finale against the Orlando Magic last Sunday after entering the protocol.

Adebayo is averaging a career-high 19.1 points along with 10.1 rebounds and 3.4 assists. He was limited to 56 games this season, largely due to a right thumb injury that required surgery and forced him to miss six weeks in December and January.

The Heat finished with the best record in the Eastern Conference to secure the top seed. Game 1 against the Hawks tips off at 1 p.m. ET at FTX Arena in Miami.

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