It’s unclear whether or not injured Miami star Jimmy Butler will likely be able to play Tuesday’s second-round Sport 2 in opposition to the Knicks till simply earlier than tipoff.

What’s clear is the Warmth are going to be able to go, Butler or no Butler. 

“He’s getting therapy across the clock. We in all probability received’t have any replace till earlier than the sport,” Miami coach Erik Spoelstra stated Monday in a ballroom within the groups NoMad lodge. 

“We’ve been in this sort of scenario the final couple months, with guys being injured and out, and that’s why you construct a staff,” Kyle Lowry stated. “You don’t construct a one-player roster, you construct a 17-man roster, 15-man roster, for guys to have the ability to step up. 

“You’ve acquired an irreplaceable man, an unreplaceable man like Jimmy? If he goes, he goes. If he’s not, we’ve acquired to discover a solution to go on the market and do our jobs nonetheless. We’ve nonetheless acquired to go hoop.” 

Butler suffered a sprained proper ankle in Sport 1 whereas being fouled by Josh Hart, with Miami itemizing him as questionable for Tuesday evening.

The Warmth’s playoff focus and talent to climate harm isn’t in query. 

“Yeah that’s our mentality: subsequent man up,” Max Strus stated. “However hopefully he can play. We’ll see what occurs. However no matter we’ve acquired to do to get the win, we’ll do. We’ll determine it out.” 

Jimmy Butler’s standing for Sport 2 is unknown after he suffered an harm within the sequence opener in opposition to the Knicks.
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Miami’s much-ballyhooed Warmth tradition has been put to the take a look at, that next-man-up mentality honed by means of a spate of accidents this common season. 

“He’s been such an necessary piece to us, what we’ve been doing getting thus far but in addition … how good of a job he’s accomplished getting all people concerned to prep for video games like this the place he may not be concerned and for different guys to step up,” Caleb Martin stated. 

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“That’s what’s been certainly one of our greatest attributes all season is the next-man-up mentality. So this’ll be a kind of video games for that method. 

“He’s a core piece to us offensively and defensively, in order that’s clearly a prep that’s going to be crucial for us. Quite a lot of it’s also a mentality factor the place guys are going to should step up, which we’ve been recognized to do. We’ve had video games with out Jimmy earlier than, and clearly it’s a little bit little bit of a distinct prep, however he includes all people a lot that we must always be capable to deal with ourselves with or with out him. So we’re going to do our greatest.” 

The Warmth are usually not solely bracing for all times with or with out Butler, but in addition making ready for a Knicks squad with or with out Julius Randle and Jalen Brunson, coping with their very own ankle woes. 

Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler #22 lays on the floor after he is hurt during the fourth quarter
Butler harm his ankle within the fourth quarter of Sport 1.
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“It’s a must to be accountable. It might be irresponsible to not put together for all of the totally different situations,” Spoelstra stated. 

“Yeah, precisely. Undoubtedly put together for each, as a result of realizing Jimmy he may fiddle and check out play,” Martin stated. “We don’t know but. So we’ll see what kind of state he’s in with that ankle. However we’ll be prepared. We’ll prep for each I’m certain.”