So apparently the reason Jimmy Butler did not look like himself in Wednesday night’s loss to the Toronto Raptors at the start of this four-game trip is that the Miami Heat’s All-Star forward wasn’t himself.
Coach Erik Spoelstra confirmed that at Friday morning’s shootaround at Capital One Arena, when he said Butler would miss Friday night’s game against the Washington Wizards due to knee soreness.
A source later confirmed to the Sun Sentinel that Butler is expected to return Saturday to South Florida to have his knee checked and also miss the final two games of this trip, on Sunday against the Cleveland Cavaliers and Monday against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
In addition, a pair of injuries sustained during Friday morning’s shootaround sidelined Duncan Robinson and Gabe Vincent.
Robinson was injured when he caiught his right hand on a uniform and is listed with a sprain.
Vincent was listed as out with a knee effusion, with his knee swelling up after the team’s morning session. In order to meet the league requirement of at least eight players in uniform, Vincent was listed as active.
Shortly before tipoff, the Heat announced that backup center Dewayne Dedmon would be out due to illness, while also announcing that Caleb Martin would play after being listed as questionable earlier in the day with tendinosis in his right knee.
Then, the team announced that center Bam Adebayo would miss a second consecutive game due to a knee bruise.
In more optimistic news, the Sun Sentinel learned that guard Tyler Herro could rejoin the team in time for Sunday’s game in Cleveland. Herro missed his sixth consecutive game Friday due to a sprained right ankle.
As for Butler, it is the third game missed this season, having sat out a pair at the start of the month with hip soreness, a home victory over the Sacramento Kings and a road loss to the Indiana Pacers.
Butler matched his season low of eight shots in the loss in Toronto, when he finished with a season-low 13 points.
Spoelstra acknowledged Friday that it wasn’t Butler at his best on Wednesday night.
“It’s been bothering him for two or three games,” Spoelstra said, with Butler’s productivity having declined since a 35-point performance in last week’s home victory over the Charlotte Hornets. “So we’ll give him some rest right now and just treat him day to day. I don’t have a timeline on that.
“But he certainly needs a little bit more mobility than …read more
Source:: The Mercury News