Jimmy Butler Won't Play for Heat vs. Bucks Because of Back Injury

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistMay 15, 2021

Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler (22) in action during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
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Miami Heat star Jimmy Butler will miss his team's road game against the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday due to lower back tightness.

Per Anthony Chiang of the Miami Herald, Nemanja Bjelica will replace Butler in the starting lineup.

Butler has missed time this season with ankle and knee injuries and has not played more than 65 games since the 2016-17 campaign.

When healthy, he is the go-to leader for the defending Eastern Conference champions as someone who can stuff the stat sheet by attacking off the bounce, shooting from the outside and defending the opponent's best player on a nightly basis.

He is a five-time All-Star, three-time All-NBA selection and four-time All-Defensive selection.

The Marquette product is averaging 21.5 points, 7.1 assists, 6.9 rebounds and 2.1 steals per game this season as the Heat look to return to the NBA Finals.

While Miami does not have anyone in its lineup who can replicate Butler's impact, look for the combination of Duncan Robinson, Tyler Herro and Andre Iguodala to see more playing time if he is sidelined following this latest setback.


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