Heat's Jimmy Butler Says He Plans to Play vs. Pacers, T.J. Warren After Injury

Blake SchusterAnalyst IIAugust 9, 2020

Miami Heat's Jimmy Butler (22) makes his way down the court during an NBA basketball game against the Toronto Raptors Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)
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The Miami Heat are on track to get their star player back Monday night.

According to Marc Stein of the New York Times, Jimmy Butler says he'll be ready to go when the Heat face the Indiana Pacers after missing the last three games with a foot injury.

Miami has gone 1-2 without Butler since his injury with a win against the Boston Celtics preceding back-to-back losses to the Milwaukee Bucks and Phoenix Suns.

With the small forward averaging 20.2 points, 6.6 rebounds and 6.1 assists this season, his presence on the floor is vital for the Heat to succeed. Equally as important is Butler's defensive abilities, especially as the Pacers have become one of the tougher teams to defend since the league restarted.

T.J. Warren is the NBA's leading scorer inside the bubble with 34.8 points per game, and he's sinking 60.5 percent of field goal attempts on his current hot streak. With guards Victor Oladipo and Malcolm Brogdon providing offense in the backcourt, Butler's versatility and intensity on the opposite end of the floor will come in handy.

The Heat have three games left before the playoffs begin, two against the Pacers with a matchup against the Oklahoma City Thunder in between. That should be more than enough time for Butler to get his feel back assuming he's able to remain healthy.

Miami is also expected to have shooting guard Kendrick Nunn back in the near future with Anthony Chiang of the Miami Herald reporting the 25-year-old has returned Florida after leaving the bubble Friday for personal reasons.

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Nunn will need to quarantine for an undetermined amount of time before he's able to rejoin his teammates. Chaing notes the team is hopeful the quarantine period will last no longer than four days.