Butler (toe) is out for Wednesday's contest against the Hornets. Butler suffered a toe injury Sunday and failed to practice Tuesday, so it's not especially surprising that he's unavailable for Wednesday's game, which projects as winnable even without him. In his absence, Goran Dragic and Kendrick Nunn may take on extra playmaking responsibilities, while Andre Iguodala, Jae Crowder and Derrick Jones could see more minutes on the wing.
Butler (toe) did not practice Tuesday, Anthony Chiang of the Miami Herald reports. He's considered questionable for Wednesday's game against Charlotte. Butler was said to be "feeling better", but he did not participate in Tuesday's session, which could foreshadow another absence Wednesday against Charlotte. Butler initially suffered the toe injury during Sunday's game against Washington.
Butler left Sunday's game against the Wizards with a left toe injury and did not return, Fred Katz of The Athletic reports. The injury limited Butler to 24 minutes before he departed for good in the fourth quarter. Butler finished with just nine points (2-4 FG, 5-6 FT) and one steal. Consider him day-to-day until the Heat, who play next on Wednesday against Charlotte, say otherwise. Per Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel, Butler had the toe wrapped and taped in the locker room after the game.
Butler scored 28 points (8-17 FG, 12-14 FT), while adding eight rebounds, six assists and three steals in 37 minutes during Friday's 110-104 loss to the Pelicans. Butler had 17 of Miami's 51 points at halftime, as they nearly clawed their way back from a 15-point deficit. As an extrapolation of Friday's box score, Butler is attempting his fewest threes per game since the 2012 season, but is earning a career-best 9.0 free throws a night.
Butler racked up 12 points (4-9 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 4-6 FT), eight assists, seven rebounds and two steals in 34 minutes during Wednesday's 116-113 win over the Magic. Butler has hit the 20-point threshold just once since returning to action following a two-game absence last month, but he has made up for his lack of scoring -- according to his standards -- with averages of 7.0 assists and 5.6 rebounds during that five-game stretch. Up next there's a visit to New Orleans on Friday.
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