Jimmy Butler out, Victor Oladipo questionable for Tuesday's game

Jimmy Butler out, Victor Oladipo questionable for Tuesday's game

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Jimmy Butler out, Victor Oladipo questionable for Tuesday's game

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Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Inactive tonight for Heat: Jimmy Butler, Dewayne Dedmon, Omer Yurtseven, Gabe Vincent and Jamal Cain. – 7:21 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
With Jimmy Butler out, Heat opening tonight with Bam Adebayo, Caleb Martin, Tyler Herro, Kyle Lowry and Max Strus. – 7:05 PM
Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
With Jimmy Butler out, Heat starting Kyle Lowry, Tyler Herro, Max Strus, Caleb Martin and Bam Adebayo tonight vs. Pistons. – 7:05 PM
Surya Fernandez @SuryaHeatNBA
Victor Oladipo set to make Heat season debut tonight versus Pistons hothothoops.com/2022/12/6/2349…6:48 PM
Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
Heat’s Victor Oladipo set to make season debut tonight vs. Pistons. But Jimmy Butler and four others out miamiherald.com/sports/nba/mia… Heat on track to have 11 available players tonight, including Kyle Lowry – 6:08 PM
Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
One of the last times we saw Victor Oladipo, he did this defensively in the ECF:
pic.twitter.com/RIQw9vdIfK6:04 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Butler, Vincent, Dedmon out vs. Pistons; Oladipo back in Heat mix. sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-h…5:55 PM
Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
Erik Spoelstra says Victor Oladipo will be on somewhat of a minutes restriction tonight, as expected. – 5:53 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Erik Spoelstra says somewhat of a minutes restriction for Victor Oladipo, “He’ll be out there.” – 5:50 PM
Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
Gabe Vincent and Dewayne Dedmon are out, along with Jimmy Butler
Looks like Victor Oladipo warming up with the intent to play – 5:47 PM
Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
Dewayne Dedmon and Gabe Vincent are out tonight.
So Jimmy Butler, Omer Yurtseven, Jamal Cain, Dedmon and Vincent out tonight.
Rest of the Heat’s roster will warm up with the intention of playing, including Kyle Lowry and Victor Oladipo. – 5:44 PM
Tim Reynolds @ByTimReynolds
As the upgrade to “questionable” status indicates, yes, Victor Oladipo is intending to make his season debut tonight. Pregame warmup the last hurdle to clear, which is standard with the Heat. – 5:07 PM
Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
It looks like Victor Oladipo could make his season debut tonight against the Pistons. But the Heat may be without Jimmy Butler and Kyle Lowry. Here’s the latest update miamiherald.com/sports/nba/mia…3:58 PM
Barry Jackson @flasportsbuzz
Lowry has ankle discomfort and is questionable tonight on second half of back to back. Butler out on second half of back fo back. Oladipo positioned to make season debut vs Detroit – 3:43 PM
Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
Kyle Lowry added to Heat injury report. Lowry is questionable for tonight’s game with left ankle discomfort. Jimmy Butler already ruled out on second night of back to back.
But hey, Victor Oladipo is questionable! – 3:42 PM
Mike Curtis @MikeACurtis2
#Heat forward Jimmy Butler will not play tonight against the #Pistons due to right knee injury management. – 3:30 PM
Marc J. Spears @MarcJSpears
Heat Victor Oladipo (knee) is listed as questionable to play in tonight’s game vs the Pistons.
Jimmy Butler (return to competition reconditioning) has been ruled out. – 2:33 PM
Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
Heat’s Victor Oladipo upgraded to questionable for the first time this season, could make season debut tonight vs. Pistons miamiherald.com/sports/nba/mia… But Jimmy Butler will be held out on the second night of a back-to-back. – 2:08 PM
NBA Math @NBA_Math
2022-23 Eastern Conference All-Stars, per TPA
Donovan Mitchell
Tyrese Haliburton
Kevin Durant
Giannis Antetokounmpo
Jayson Tatum
Jalen Brunson
Trae Young
Joel Embiid
Jimmy Butler
Pascal Siakam
Brook Lopez
Dejounte Murray pic.twitter.com/gAUgpEzaa72:05 PM

Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Jimmy Butler held out vs. Pistons; Victor Oladipo upgraded on Heat injury report. sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-h… It looks like Oladipo could step in for Butler tonight against visiting Detroit. – 1:59 PM
Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
Jimmy Butler ruled out tonight (kinda expected lol)
But Victor Oladipo upgraded to questionable… – 1:42 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Jimmy Butler (“Return to Competition Reconditioning”) being held out by Heat tonight vs. visiting Pistons. – 1:32 PM
Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
Victor Oladipo listed as questionable for tonight’s game vs. Pistons. Looks like Oladipo’s season debut could come tonight. – 1:30 PM
Mark Montieth @MarkMontieth
Clearly, the @Indiana Pacers have the formula for winning at Golden State – sit some of the better players. They won Monday w/out Turner, Haliburton, McConnell and Duarte. They won last year w/out Turner, Sabonis and Brogdon. They won two years ago w/out Oladipo and McConnell. – 2:23 AM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
What the Heat missed tonight, and this could be wishful thinking, is a victor Oladipo to provide a spark off the bench. – 11:41 PM
Tony Mejia @MejiaDinero
Jimmy Butler is letting Kennedy Chandler rip the ball out of his hands..typifies the lack of intensity the Heat are showing off in Memphis. A pathetic effort – 9:58 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Jimmy Butler’s third free throw moved him past Rick Barry for 86th on the NBA all-time list. – 9:22 PM
Wes Goldberg @wcgoldberg
The Heat are being outscored in the paint 36-8. Really no excuse for that with Jaren Jackson Jr. out. Credit to the Grizzlies for defending well at the point of attack, but Jimmy Butler and Bam simple need to do more. – 9:07 PM
Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
Jimmy Butler’s first points of the game come with three minutes left in the first half. He has only taken three field-goal attempts so far. – 8:57 PM
Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
Biggest difference I noticed in the half-court from 1st quarter to 2nd quarter was lack of rim pressure
Jimmy Butler and Kyle Lowry’s paint touch- pocket pass/kick was getting those early looks
Now it’s back to perimeter screening and sprinting
Just not this team’s style – 8:48 PM
Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
Well Caleb Martin is going crazy early in this one
Jimmy Butler just playing post-split/screener hub to keep spraying to shooters
Like I said, Butler is intentional in games like this not to score – 8:24 PM
Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
Jimmy Butler always loves playing passer in games like this
4 assists already – 8:20 PM
Clay Bailey @claybailey9
Here are your starting lineups for the Grizzlies and Heat. Heat: Jimmy Butler, Caleb Martin, Bam Adebayo, Tyler Herro and Kyle Lowry. Memphis starts: Dillon Brooks, Santi Aldama, Steven Adams, David Roddy and Tyus Jones.
Your on your own as far as fantasy lineups. – 7:55 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
With tonight’s start, Jimmy Butler passes Steve Smith for 22nd on the Heat all-time list. It is Butler’s 600th career regular-season start. – 7:45 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Heat again opening with the preferred starting five of Bam Adebayo, Caleb Martin, Jimmy Butler, Tyler Herro and Kyle Lowry. Inactive are Jamal Cain, Dru Smith, Victor Oladipo and Omer Yurtseven. – 7:33 PM

More on this storyline

Ira Winderman: In addition to Jimmy Butler being out, Dewayne Dedmon and Gabe Vincent are out. So Lowry looks like he is playing. -via Twitter @IraHeatBeat / December 6, 2022
But there are reasons Miami has consistently won with rotating casts of characters for more than a quarter century. It still has team president Pat Riley. It still has coach Erik Spoelstra. It still has Butler, Adebayo, a resurgent Lowry and Tyler Herro — a quartet Spoelstra has dubbed Miami’s “big four.” And, after their projected starting lineup took the court together for just the eighth time this season Friday in Boston, the Heat still have the internal belief that, if they’re healthy come playoff time, they can go toe-to-toe with anyone. “Our record is probably deceiving to everybody on the outside,” Spoelstra said. “[But] we have something good going on.” -via ESPN / December 6, 2022
Bally Sports Sun: HEAT: Q: “What do you see ahead for Miami…?” Jimmy Butler: “A championship.” @MiamiHEAT | #HEATCulture -via Twitter / December 5, 2022
Brady Hawk: Erik Spoelstra on Victor Oladipo: “Vic is warming up and doing everything with the intent to play tonight.” “He’s really excited about it.” Spo didn’t say minute restriction, but he’s not going to play a TON It’ll be a ramp up process -via Twitter @BradyHawk305 / December 6, 2022
But he’s optimistic that he’s getting closer to a return. “Hopefully soon,” he said in Boston of a targeted date for his return from a left knee injury that has sidelined him since late in preseason. “I feel good, been moving a lot more. Just going to make sure it’s the right thing, the right decision collectively. I’m not going to make a decision by myself. Just going to make sure everything feels good and I can perform at the highest level.” -via Miami Herald / December 5, 2022
Oladipo has resumed practicing with the Heat, but not in full-contact sessions. Does he believe he can play in a regular-season game within a week or two? “I don’t know,” he said. “We’ll see. It’s more of a day to day thing, how I feel and what we feel makes the best sense. I trust our training staff and the people I work with as well, coming up with a solid plan and make sure I’m ready to go.” -via Miami Herald / December 5, 2022

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