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Podcast: How would Bam Adebayo’s return change things for the Lakers?

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The Heat have upgraded Bam Adebayo to questionable for Game 4 against the Lakers. Him coming back could change the NBA Finals in a few ways.

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The Miami Heat looked impressive in their Game 3 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday, and they could look even better in Game 4 on Tuesday. On Monday, the Heat announced that All-Star center Bam Adebayo has been upgraded from doubtful to questionable for Game 4 of the NBA Finals. Adebayo has been inactive for the last two games.

Adebayo wasn’t particularly impactful in the 21:10 he played in Game 1, tallying just 8 points on 2-8 shooting and posting a lowly defensive rating of 130.2, but Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra has done a great job of putting his players in a position to succeed since then, and Adebayo could be the latest beneficiary if he were to come back. However, there’s also the possibility that Adebayo looks rusty in Game 4 and puts a wrench in the Heat’s momentum.

On today’s episode of “Lakers, Explained” — a podcast by Silver Screen and Roll — your hosts Christian Rivas and Harrison Faigen speculated about what Adebayo’s return could mean fo the Heat, and discuss what the Lakers can do to negate his impact if he plays (and why they aren’t certain he’ll be as big a difference maker as some might think).

They also talk about what other adjustments the Lakers can make going into Game 4, starting with the team’s turnovers. The Lakers turned the ball over 19 times in Game 3, including 10 times in the first quarter, so there’s plenty of room for improvement.

You can listen to the entire episode in the player embedded below, and to make sure you never miss a single one, subscribe to the Silver Screen and Roll podcast feed on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher or Google Podcasts.

You can also follow Christian on Twitter at @RadRivas, and Harrison at @hmfaigen.