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Heat injury report: Jimmy Butler active, Bam Adebayo and Kyle Lowry ruled out Wednesday vs. Pelicans

The Heat All-Star is dealing with an ankle injury and has missed the past few games. We break down what his absence means for Miami.

Jimmy Butler #22 of the Miami Heat shoots a technical foul shot against the Denver Nuggets at Ball Arena on November 8, 2021 in Denver, Colorado.  Photo by Jamie Schwaberow/Getty Images

Update: Butler is active and plans to play Wednesday, while Adebayo has been ruled out. Kyle Lowry is also out for Wednesday’s contest, although his inactive status is due to rest and is not injury related.

Update: Butler and Adebayo are both questionable for Miami’s game Wednesday against the Pelicans. Butler has not played since suffering the ankle injury against the Lakers, while Adebayo has been a regular in the lineup before missing Monday’s contest.

Update: Butler and Adebayo have been ruled out for Monday’s game vs. the Thunder.

Update: Butler is being listed as questionable to play in Monday’s game vs. the Oklahoma City Thunder. Bam Adebayo is being listed as probable to play. Butler has an ankle injury and Adebayo has a knee injury.

Update: Butler has been ruled out for Saturday’s game against the Jazz. The All-Star forward will miss his second consecutive game after exiting Wednesday’s contest against the Lakers with an ankle injury. It doesn’t seem like a long-term setback but Butler won’t be available for the Heat Saturday.

Update: Butler is questionable for Miami’s game Saturday against Utah. Herro and Adebayo are expected to play, although they’ll likely carry some type of designation before ultimately being cleared for the game.

Miami Heat G Jimmy Butler was forced to leave Wednesday’s game vs. the Los Angeles Lakers due to a sprain ankle and did not return. The news Butler would not return was announced at halftime with the Heat leading 57-55. Butler had 7 points and 2 steals before leaving the game. Below are updates on Butler’s game status moving forward.

Jimmy Butler injury updates

Bam Adebayo, Tyler Herro also questionable vs. Clippers

We’ve got an update from the Heat at 4:30 p.m. ET that has Adebayo and Herro both questionable to play Thursday night vs. the Clippers. This could have a major impact on how we approach the DFS slate. If all three players are out for Miami, then there will be a ton of value. Vincent and Martin were two players mentioned below with Butler already out. Vincent would be a prime GPP play starting in the back court.

This also has a negative impact on the Clippers for this slate. Miami without three of its four best players would leave the team lacking competitiveness. Kyle Lowry can only take the Heat so far on the road in a B2B. So if this game gets out of reach early, it’s hard to trust guys like Paul George, Reggie Jackson and Terance Mann to play a ton of minutes and put up close to value.

Butler ruled out Thursday vs. Clippers

Butler has been ruled out for Thursday’s game vs. the Los Angeles Clippers, Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes reported. He was forced to leave Wednesday night due to a sprained ankle. On the second night of a back-to-back set, this isn’t surprising news to see Butler sidelined.

With Butler out on Thursday, we should see the Heat lean more on Tyler Herro, who may still come in off the bench to keep the rotations somewhat the same. Herro played 42 minutes in the OT loss to the Lakers on Wednesday with Butler out. Caleb Martin and Gabe Vincent are two other candidates to see more minutes off the bench. We could see Vincent start in place of Butler as well.

Nov. 11 — The Heat ended up losing 120-117 in OT to the Lakers on Wednesday night with Butler sidelined in the second half. Herro finished with 27 points while Adebayo finished with a double-double with 28 points and 10 rebounds.

With Butler out the rest of the game, the Heat should continue to lean on Tyler Herro. The frontrunner for 6th Man of the Year has leads all scorers at halftime with 15 points. We may see Herro start the third quarter in place of Butler. Herro will almost certainly play more minutes in the second half and in crunch time in the fourth quarter. Kyle Lowry and Bam Adebayo will need to step up as well. The Heat run a short rotation, so we could see Erik Spoelstra play mostly starters to try and get the win.

This feels like a very good time at the half to take the Lakers getting 5.5 points on the spread. No Butler is a pretty big deal and the Lakers are only down by two points as is. If nothing else the game should be relatively close and we’re at STAPLES Center, too. The Lakers are also +190 on the moneyline if you’re feeling frisky there.