Friday update: Butler remains out tonight, and is expected to miss the next three games. That includes Friday’s contest against the Wizards as the team manages his knee soreness.
Erik Spoelstra says Jimmy Butler will miss tonight’s game because of knee soreness.— Anthony Chiang (@Anthony_Chiang) November 18, 2022
Spoelstra adds that Martin and Dedmon are more likely to play tonight than Adebayo. Heat’s injury issues continue.
It’s important to note this is more of a maintenance deal for Butler with knee soreness rather than a bigger injury. Butler has had some problems with his knee in recent seasons, including a mid-game setback in Game 3 of the East finals last year which forced him to miss the rest of that contest.
The Heat are dealing with a ton of big injuries at the moment. Tyler Herro has already been ruled out for this game, while Bam Adebayo is doubtful to play with a knee injury of his own. Victor Oladipo is out indefinitely, which puts Miami down four rotation players. The Heat have struggled to recapture their form from last year and it won’t get much easier Friday with their top three players likely sidelined.