Miami Heat guard Jimmy Butler injures knee in Play-In loss –

Miami Heat guard Jimmy Butler injures knee in Play-In loss –


Jimmy Butler was hampered by a right knee injury during Miami’s Play-In loss to Philadelphia.

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Miami guard Jimmy Butler says he will need an MRI on his right knee after being injured in the first half of the Heat’s Play-In Tournament loss to the 76ers.

Butler was injured late in the first quarter when he tried to fake Kelly Oubre Jr. for a bucket, only for his knee to buckle and he fell to the court. Oubre appeared to land on the Heat star, who led the franchise last season to the NBA Finals.

“I fell, he landed and my knee just didn’t work well, I guess,” Butler said. “I don’t know. It’s not a good feeling, I can tell you that.

Butler sank the free throw, exhaled and missed the second. He stayed in the game and scored 19 points, but it wasn’t enough in Philadelphia’s 105-104 victory Wednesday night.

The Heat will host the winner of the late play-in game between Chicago and Atlanta on Friday night, with the winner securing the eighth spot.

“We just need to get one and then we’ll worry about the next one,” Butler said.

It was not immediately clear whether Butler would be available to play.

“I felt like I couldn’t do too much, which sucks with the timing of the game and everything else,” Butler said. “I hope I’m okay. I hope I wake up tomorrow and can still stand and move. At the moment I can’t stay, that’s the case.

Butler, a former Sixer, scored 20.8 points in 60 games for the Heat. Butler, 34, said he stayed in the game because he thought the “adrenaline would come back” and he would feel healthy enough to play at his usual level.

Butler was 5 of 18 overall, but only scored two points in the fourth, when the Heat collapsed in the quarter.

“That just wasn’t the case,” he said. “I couldn’t do anything on both sides of the ball. I think I hurt us more than I actually helped us.



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