Goran Dragic suffered a plantar tear in his left foot during Game 1 of the 2020 NBA Finals, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. The guard hasn’t ruled out a return to play, but the injury is serious enough to put his series in question.
Miami's Goran Dragic has suffered a plantar tear of left foot, source tells ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) October 1, 2020
Dragic has been able to put pressure on his left foot and hasn't ruled out returning to play in the NBA Finals, source tells ESPN. https://t.co/Ea1LeqncBL— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) October 1, 2020
Joe Johnson suffered a torn plantar fascia in his foot during G2 of the 2013 first round vs. Chicago. Johnson would go on to receive an injection in his foot before each game. He would struggle shooting 25.6% from 3 and 41.7% from the field. 2/14 in a G7 loss.— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) October 1, 2020
The Heat lost Game 1 to the Los Angeles Lakers 116-98. Dragic scored 6 points on 3-8 shooting in just 15 minutes of play before the injury. He is averaging 20.9 points per game as Miami’s leading scorer in the 2020 playoffs. He averaged 16.2 points on 44.1% shooting, 36.7% from the three-point arc over 59 appearances during the 2019-20 regular season.
Many pundits consider Dragic as the Heat’s third most important player, behind Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo, who also excelled in the NBA bubble this summer.
The Heat and Lakers will play Game 2 of the series on Friday. We’ll await word on how they’ll proceed with Dragic’s foot.