Butler finished with 19 points (7-17 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 3-4 FT), eight rebounds, six assists and one steal in 38 minutes during Thursday's 113-84 loss to the Bucks.
The Heat have managed to dig themselves quite a hole and based on what we have seen thus far during the series, it seems highly likely their season could be coming to an abrupt end. Butler filled the stat sheet once again but simply had no help from his teammates, outside of Bam Adebayo, who tallied 17 points, eight rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block in 32 minutes. Game 4 will be on Saturday and as per usual, Butler is certainly going to be at the forefront of efforts to at least send the series back to Milwaukee for a fifth game.
Butler finished Monday's Game 2 loss to Milwaukee with 10 points (4-10 FG, 2-4 FT), four assists and two steals in 32 minutes.
After an exceedingly rough Game 1 (4-22 FG), Butler and the Heat never stood a chance Monday, as Milwaukee drilled 10 threes in the first quarter and jumped out to a 46-20 advantage. Despite a sustained 20-plus-point deficit, Butler played well into the second half and finished as the only Heat player north of 30 minutes. With their backs against the wall, the Heat will need a much better effort from Butler in Game 3 on Thursday to avoid letting the series slip away.
Butler posted 17 points (4-22 FG, 2-9 3 Pt, 7-10 FT) across 46 minutes in Saturday's 109-107 overtime loss to the Bucks.
Perhaps it was his recurring back issue that contributed to his errant shooting, but he'll have to rectify the problem if the Heat hope to take down the Bucks for the second consecutive season. If Butler had only been more accurate, the game could have swung solidly in Miami's favor, but the Heat's paltry 36.4 percent from the floor proved to be the difference-maker. Butler was able to muster a double-double with efficient secondary production, but he needs to shake off some rust in his shooting stroke.
Buter (back) said Thursday that he's "ready to go" for Game 1 against Milwaukee on Saturday, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Butler missed the last two games of the regular season due to tightness in his back, but it sounds like he will unsurprisingly be available for the start of the playoffs. The 31-year-old forward went as far as to say that he's "stupidly locked in" for another playoff run after last season's impressive run to the finals. Butler is coming off a stellar regular season in which he averaged 21.5 points on 49.7 percent shooting, 7.1 assists, 6.9 rebounds and 2.1 steals per game.
Butler (back) practiced Wednesday, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Butler missed the last two games of the regular season with lower-back tightness, but all signs point to him playing in Saturday's Game 1 against the Bucks.
Butler (back) will not play Sunday against the Pistons.
Butler is out for the regular-season finale due to tightness in his lower back. Nemanja Bjelica is likely in line for another start in Sunday's contest.
Butler (back) is unavailable for Saturday's game against the Bucks, Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press reports.
The 31-year-old was considered questionable due to tightness in his lower back and won't be available Saturday. Nemanja Bjelica will receive the start in his plate. Butler should be considered questionable for the final game of the regular season Sunday at Detroit.
Butler is questionable for Saturday's contest against the Bucks due to lower back tightness.
This month, Butler has averaged 19.7 points, 6.0 assists, 5.8 rebounds and 1.8 steals in 29.8 minutes. If he sits Saturday, more minutes could be available for KZ Okpala, Max Strus and Andre Iguodala.
Butler tallied 21 points (6-10 FG, 4-4 3Pt, 5-5 FT), five rebounds, four assists and a steal across 29 minutes in Thursday's 106-94 win over Philadelphia.
Butler was questionable coming into the contest after getting poked in the eye during his last game, but the veteran forward appeared to see the basket just fine Thursday, leading Miami with 21 points and draining all four of his three-point attempts. Butler is enjoying his most efficient shooting season to date, posting a career-best 49.7 percent field-goal rate and averaging 21.5 points overall.
Butler (eye) will be available for Thursday's game against Philadelphia.
Butler departed Tuesday's win over Boston after being poked in the eye, and while he's still dealing with the after-effects, he'll suit up as the Heat look to hold their ground in the race for seeding in the Eastern Conference. Tuesday excluded, Butler has averaged 23.3 points, 7.4 assists, 6.8 rebounds and 2.4 steals over his last 10 appearances.
Butler (eye) will be a game-time call for Thursday's contest against the 76ers.
This is not an ideal scenario for DFS players, as the Heat will wait until Butler goes through a pregame workout before his status is ultimately determined. Butler was poked in the eye during Tuesday's win over Boston, forcing him out of action after 17 minutes.
Butler (eye) is considered questionable for Thursday's game against the 76ers, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports.
Butler was poked in the eye during Tuesday's win over Boston, forcing him out of the game after just 17 minutes of action. The Heat will wait to see how he feels at shootaround Thursday before issuing an update on his status.
Butler is questionable to return to Tuesday's game against the Celtics due to a poked eye, Mark Stein of The New York Times reports.
Tyler Herro got the start over Butler in the second half. Even if Butler returns Tuesday, he should tentatively be considered questionable for Thursday's game against the 76ers.
Butler collected 26 points (9-14 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 7-8 FT), 11 assists, eight rebounds and two steals over 40 minutes Sunday in the 130-124 win over the Celtics.
Butler connected on his first three-pointer in 11 games and scored 22 of his 26 points in the second half of Sunday's win. In his second season with the Heat, Butler has seen an increase in his points, steals, assists, rebounds and shooting percentage all while playing nearly the same amount of minutes per game. He's now collected a steal in 18 straight games, averaging 2.6 swipes over that span.
Butler had 25 points (7-15 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 11-14 FT), eight rebounds, six assists and five steals in Friday's win over Minnesota.
Butler was questionable coming into the night after an illness sidelined him for Tuesday's game against Dallas. Still, he showed no ill effects, putting up yet another fantastic all-around stat line. Butler has been incredibly consistent since the All-Star break, averaging 22.4 points, 6.6 rebounds, 6.6 assists and 2.3 steals while shooting 52.4 percent from the field. He's hit only 11 total three-pointers in that stretch (27 games), however.
Butler (illness) will play Friday against the Timberwolves, Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press reports.
After a one-game absence due to an illness, Butler will return to the court, likely pushing Andre Iguodala back to the bench. Tyler Herro (foot) is also making a return.
Butler (illness) is questionable for Friday's matchup against the Timberwolves, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Butler was a late scratch for Tuesday's game against the Mavericks due to flu-like symptoms, and he's still feeling under the weather. Still, there's a chance he'll play. If he's out, Andre Iguodala would likely draw another start.
Butler is a late scratch for Tuesday's contest against the Mavericks due to flu-like symptoms.
Butler is missing his first game since April 19. With Tyler Herro (foot) also out, the Heat will be thin at guard. Kendrick Nunn, Gabe Vincent and Andre Iguodala could see extra minutes.
Butler recorded 18 points (5-8 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 8-9 FT), eight rebounds, eight assists, one steal and one block in Sunday's 121-111 win over the Hornets.
Butler had scored at least 20 points in each of the last three contests in April, but he's had a lower shot volume in May and has been limited to just 16.5 points per game across his last two appearances. However, the 31-year-old led Miami's starters with eight rebounds in Sunday's win, and he also finished second on the team with eight rebounds. In his seven games since returning from an ankle injury, Butler has averaged 21.7 points, 7.0 assists and 6.0 rebounds in 33.9 minutes per contest.
Butler had 15 points (4-10 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 7-8 FT), four rebounds, four assists and two steals across 29 minutes in Saturday's win over Cleveland.
Butler failed to surpass the 15-point mark for the first time since April 14, but he still produced a solid stat line due to his contributions in other categories -- though that has been a trend for the veteran forward this season. If there's one area in which Butler must improve, however, it's his three-point shooting, since he's gone eight straight games without nailing an attempt from beyond the arc.
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