According to an earlier announcement by the Miami Heat, forward Jimmy Butler will not be able to participate in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals battle against the New York Knicks on Tuesday. The game is being played against the Knicks.
According to what Erik Spoelstra revealed during the pregame press conference, Butler, Erik Spoelstra, and the members of the Heat medical staff were all on the same page with the decision.
Even though he was playing with an ankle injury late in the fourth quarter of the first game of the series on Sunday, Butler was able to assist Miami in claiming a 108-101 win and taking a 1-0 lead in the series. Butler contributed to the victory by scoring 25 points, pulling down 11 rebounds, and dishing out four assists.
The six-time All-Star has been outstanding throughout the 2023 playoffs and led the Heat to one of the most shocking first-round playoff shocks in NBA history when they eliminated the top-seeded Milwaukee Bucks in five games. This achievement is among the most shocking in the history of the NBA playoffs. Butler was outstanding throughout the whole series, averaging 37.6 points, and had a game-high performance of 56 in Game 4.