Jimmy Butler, Heat Forward, to Miss 5th Consecutive Game Against Thunder

Miami Heat‘s Jimmy Butler is out for Wednesday’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder due to illness and a foot injury.
‣ Butler has missed eight out of the last nine games, and this will be his fifth consecutive missed game.
‣ Despite Butler’s absence, the Heat hold the 12th-best odds to win this season’s championship, according to several NBA betting sites.

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Jimmy Butler, the Miami Heat forward, is out of the game for Wednesday night. The Oklahoma City Thunder are playing at home, and Butler, a six-time All-Star, is sick and missed practice on Tuesday.

The 34-year-old sat out for the eighth time in nine games during Monday’s 120-113 win over the Houston Rockets. This 13-year veteran is going to miss his fifth consecutive game on Wednesday due to a foot injury.

A few NBA betting sites have the Heat at the 12th-best odds to win this season’s championship. The Boston Celtics, Milwaukee Bucks, and Philadelphia 76ers are showing better odds at the sportsbooks.

The Miami Heat tweeted an injury update. “#OKCvsMIA INJURY UPDATE: Jimmy Butler (toe) has been ruled out of tomorrow night’s game vs the Thunder.” The tweet was posted on January 9, 2024.

Butler was back for Miami on Dec. 30 against the Utah Jazz after missing four straight wins due to a strained calf. But, he had to leave during the third quarter because of a foot injury. He only scored eight points in 23 minutes.

Butler has started 24 games this season. He’s averaging 21 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 1.1 steals, and 33.6 minutes per game. He’s also shooting 46.4% from the field, 37.7% from 3-point range, and 88.1% at the foul line.

This Wednesday’s game against Oklahoma City will be Butler’s 13th game missed this season. Kyle Lowry also had to leave during the Rockets-Heat game, but he was back after Miami played 5-on-4 for a few seconds.

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said of Lowry, “The Philly guy in him right now is saying ‘I’ll be all right.’” He added, “He’s as tough as you can be in this league. He’s played through more things than probably anybody currently playing in this association.”

Good news, Lowry is not on Miami’s injury report. Haywood Highsmith (concussion) is out indefinitely, Caleb Martin (ankle) is questionable, and Dru Smith (knee) is out for the season.

Jimmy Butler stated that he doesn’t care if he’s not eligible for any awards if he misses too many games. He said, “You think I’m worried about some reward? The only reward I give a damn about is those banners over there. That’s all I told Spo, I told Pat…I’m going to help us get.”

Oklahoma City has a clean bill of health ahead of tomorrow’s matchup. The Thunder are 9-3 in their last 12 games, but they’re 0-6 in their past six meetings with Miami.

The Thunder are also 3-10 SU in their previous 13 road games played on a Wednesday. On the other hand, the Heat are 7-3 in their last 10 contests.

However, Miami is winless in its past six matchups with Northwest Division opponents. Miami is 10-5 in its previous 15 games played in January.

According to ESPN’s Basketball Power Index, the Thunder have a 57.3% chance of defeating Miami tomorrow. The Heat are 21-15 overall, 10-6 at home, 11-9 away, 15-5 as favorites, and 6-10 as underdogs this season.

James Shotwell
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