Jimmy Butler held off against the Pistons; Victor Oladipo updated on heat injury report – The Denver Post


After two games back after a seven-game injury hiatus, the Miami Heat opted to hold Jimmy Butler out of Tuesday night’s home game against the Detroit Pistons for what the team called “reconditioning back to the competition”.

In what appeared to be a related move, the Heat upgraded veteran guard Victor Oladipo to questionable for Tuesday night’s game, the first time this season he’s been listed as anything other than ‘out’ on a report. NBA injury. Oladipo, struggling with knee discomfort, last appeared in the pre-season finale.

Butler powered the Heat to Friday night’s 120-116 overtime win over the Boston Celtics at TD Garden, finishing with 25 points and 15 rebounds, scoring the game-winning baskets in the extra period.

The 33-year-old veteran then finished with 18 points, eight assists and six rebounds in Monday night’s 101-93 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies at FedExForum.

Prior to the win in Boston, Butler hadn’t played since a Nov. 16 road loss to the Toronto Raptors. He had been listed as absent in the meantime due to “pain in his right knee”.

Oladipo had hinted he was close to a comeback on the four-game trip that just wrapped up, training with the team for the eight days away from South Florida, including extensive practice sessions. pre-game.

In addition to Butler, center Omer Yurtseven, who is recovering from ankle surgery, and forward Jamal Cain, who is on assignment with the G League, were also on the roster ahead of Tuesday night’s game.

In addition to Oladipo, listed as questionable for Tuesday night, were center Dewayne Dedmon (foot) and guard Gabe Vincent (knee).

Guard Tyler Herro (ankle), forward Haywood Highsmith (ankle), guard Duncan Robinson (ankle) and guard Max Strus (shoulder) were listed as likely for Tuesday night.

As for Lowry. . .

After spending most of the season second in minutes behind Brooklyn Nets forward Keven Durant, 36-year-old Heat guard Kyle Lowry entered the NBA on Tuesday night ninth in minutes played, although second among guards only to the Atlanta Hawks 26-year-old Dejounte Murray.

“I feel good. No, I feel good. I feel good,” Lowry said when an attempt was made after a recent shooting to ask about the volume of his minutes at his age. feel good. I feel like I’m 22.

With Vincent having missed five recent games with a knee problem, and with Butler and Herro having been sidelined, there had been little direction for coach Erik Spoelstra to turn otherwise.

But with Butler and Herro back, and with Vincent returning last week, there are once again alternatives to Lowry, the only Heat player yet to miss a game this season.

“I feel better every day,” Vincent said. “I really wanted to make sure I was healthy enough to play and that worked out well I think.

“I always feel better every day, so we always try to maintain this training.”

Lowry said this load was not necessarily planned.

“No, I didn’t plan for that,” he said. “But I feel good.”

In terms of perspective, Lowry ranked 71st last season in the NBA in minutes played, 43rd in minutes per game.

Spoelstra was more than aware.

“We don’t even practice,” Spoelstra said. “He’s keeping himself in top form, so he’s ready to go.”

As to whether there could possibly be load management or something similar for Lowry, Spoelstra said, “I don’t know. We will come back to it when we get there.

Launch Mode

Even with the Heat struggling with their shot at the end of Monday night’s loss, Butler said what mattered was that the Heat kept shooting.

“You have to keep taking the pictures that we normally take, knowing the next one is going to come in,” he said. “Keep sharing the ball and remember it’s teamwork. We have to keep whipping that ball and shooting the ball and crashing.

“If you miss, know that you will have another opportunity.”

The Heat shot 6 of 17 in Monday’s fourth quarter, including 1 of 7 on 3-pointers.




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