Adebayo finished with 16 points (8-14 FG, 0-1 3Pt), 15 rebounds, five blocks and three assists across 33 minutes in Tuesday's 90-89 win over the Raptors.
Adebayo saw his playing time drop below 20 minutes in each of the previous four games with key frontcourt cogs in Hassan Whiteside and James Johnnson returning from multi-game absences due to injury, but the rookie was able to pick up some extended run Wednesday when Johnson was ejected with 7:50 left in the third quarter. The 20-year-old parlayed the extra playing time into the best all-around outing of his young career, with the rebound and block totals both representing new personal highs. It's possible that head coach Erik Spoelstra will turn back to Adebayo more frequently again Wednesday against the Pacers, especially if Johnson is subject to a suspension from the league. However, it's unlikely that Adebayo will regularly exceed 20 minutes going forward when the Heat are at full strength in the frontcourt.
Adebayo will shift back to a bench role for Tuesday's game against the Magic, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Adebayo has started the last four games alongside Kelly Olynyk with both James Johnson (ankle) and Hassan Whiteside (knee) sitting out. However, Whiteside has now been given the green light for a return, which sends Adebayo back into a bench role. After seeing 30 or more minutes in three of the last four games, fantasy owners should expect a significant drop in Adebayo's overall workload now that Whiteside is healthy.
Adebayo had 14 points (6-9 FG, 2-2 FT), eight rebounds, five assists and one steal in 39 minutes during Friday's 113-101 victory over Dallas.
Adebayo had himself another strong outing Friday, seeing the court for a career-high 38 minutes. He continues to see additional minutes with the mountain of injuries to the frontcourt and is putting up some nice value for deeper leagues. James Johnson (ankle) and Hassan Whiteside (knee) could return within the next two weeks, giving Adebayo some short-term value until that happens.
Adebayo will enter the starting five for Monday's game against the Hawks.
The Heat are dealing with a plethora of injuries in the frontcourt, with the likes of Hassan Whiteside (knee), James Johnson (ankle) and Justise Winslow (knee) sitting out. For that reason, Adebayo is getting promoted to the top unit, playing alongside Kelly Olynyk in the frontcourt. With so few bodies available, Adebayo should get extended run during Monday's contest, providing a temporary uptick in fantasy value.
Adebayo finished with 14 points (5-6 FG, 4-5 FT), four rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks in 22 minutes during Monday's 107-82 victory over Memphis.
Adebayo came off the bench once again, but outplayed Kelly Olynyk, finishing with 14 points. While the points are nice, he demonstrated his defensive upside by gathering two steals and two blocks. Over his last seven games, he is averaging 1.3 steals and 1.0 block. While these don't jump off the page, it shows what he could do with more minutes. This boost remains short-term, however, and will disappear once Hassan Whiteside (knee) returns to action.
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