Report: Miami Heat's Jimmy Butler Expected To Miss Multiple Weeks With Knee Injury

Miami Heat's Jimmy Butler sidelined for weeks due to knee injury. Impact on team's playoff hopes? Read more below.

Updated on Apr 18, 2024  |  07:38 PM IST |  104.7K
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In their loss to the Philadelphia 76ers, Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler endured a severe knee injury. This situation could leave the Heat exposed if the Bulls manage to overcome the Atlanta Hawks, hence securing a journey to South Beach. 

Concerns are growing over Butler possibly having an MCL injury as a result of his team's defeat to the Philadelphia 76ers in Wednesday's play-in tournament.

The Miami Heat now anticipates a gameplay without their acclaimed forward, Jimmy Butler, in the upcoming elimination match against the Chicago Bulls in the Play-In Tournament.


Reports from Shams Charania of The Athletic suggest that Butler might be benched for "several weeks" due to a knee injury he sustained on Wednesday's loss to Philadelphia.

Based on information from several sources, Charania proposes that Butler is probably suffering from an MCL injury.

Although wrenching through the pain, Butler's performance wasn't up to his usual standards after an early awkward fall.


Sharing his discomfort, Butler expressed, “I felt quite limited, which is unfortunate given the timing of the game and everything else. I'm optimistic about being okay. I hope that tomorrow when I wake up, I can still stick and move. But right now, I can't say that's the case.”

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Butler managed to score 19 points within 40 minutes, making 5 of 18 shots. To ascertain his playing condition against the Bulls, Butler underwent an MRI on Thursday, in Miami.

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Jimmy Butler's Injury and Its Impact on the Miami Heat's Playoff Chances

Last year in the play-in game against the Bulls, Butler rallied the Heat in the final minutes scoring 13 of his 31 points in the fourth quarter. This resulted in a crucial 102-91 victory that clinched their spot in the playoffs as the No. 8 seed.


Facing their rematch with the Bulls could potentially change the narrative if Jimmy doesn't interfere.

Heat's coach, Erik Spoelstra expressed, "In the second half, it seized up. As that half progressed, it increasingly restrained him... We're in suspense. We'll know once we return to Miami."

Last year's NBA finalist, the Heat, is on the brink of not qualifying for the playoffs this year. Friday's match will further intensify if Butler is sidelined.

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