Miami’s lineup shuffling continues Sunday in opposition to the Hawks, as All-Star guard Jimmy Butler will miss his first recreation in a month as a consequence of a knee harm. Over his final 15 video games, Butler averaged 21.9 factors, 8.7 rebounds, and eight.7 assists whereas lifting the Warmth from a sluggish begin to the thick of the Japanese Convention playoff race.
“We wish to be proactive about it,” Warmth coach Erik Spoelstra mentioned of Butler’s harm. “He shall be day-to-day from right here.”
Second-year guard Tyler Herro, in the meantime, slides again into the lineup after lacking the earlier three video games with a hip harm. The previous lottery decide is averaging 16.9 factors, 6.1 rebounds, and three.8 assists regardless of a fluctuating position as a consequence of a slew of Miami accidents and early-season bout with COVID-19.
#ATLvsMIA INJURY UPDATE: Tyler Herro (hip) shall be out there tonight vs the Hawks.
Jimmy Butler (knee) has been dominated out.
— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) February 28, 2021
The defending Japanese Convention champions have taken a next-man-up strategy to a season hammered by uncertainty. Fourteen completely different Warmth gamers have began no less than one recreation this season. Solely three — Bam Adebayo, Duncan Robinson, and Kelly Olynyk — had began greater than two thirds of Miami’s video games coming into Sunday night time.