How soon will Jimmy Butler return from calf injury? Check out Miami Heat’s next 5 games and Jimmy Butler’s stats!

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The highly anticipated Christmas Day showdown between the Miami Heat and the Philadelphia 76ers is losing some of its star power due to unforeseen circumstances.

Shortly after the announcement of reigning MVP Joel Embiid’s unavailability for Philadelphia, Miami delivered disappointing news of their own: Jimmy Butler, the reigning Eastern Conference Finals MVP, will also be sidelined for the Christmas Day clash due to a calf injury. This marks Butler’s third consecutive absence and his seventh missed game out of 30 this season.

Throughout this season, Butler has been a pivotal contributor, boasting averages of 21.5 points, 5.2 rebounds, and leading the team with 4.6 assists per game. Miami’s record reflects his impact, with the team posting a 14-9 record when Butler is on the court, compared to a 3-3 record in his absence.

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Here’s what is known about Butler’s injury and its implications for Miami going forward.

What is Jimmy Butler’s injury?

The injury plaguing Butler is listed as a strained left calf.

Butler was last in action on Monday, December 18, logging 34 minutes of play in a closely contested loss against the Timberwolves. However, the following day, Butler was unable to participate in practice and was subsequently ruled out for Miami’s game against Orlando on December 20, marking the start of three consecutive games missed.

 

How long is Jimmy Butler expected to be out?

Although Butler won’t be available for Miami’s Christmas Day game against the 76ers, reports suggest that his return is imminent.

The Christmas Day game at home against the 76ers marks the Heat’s final home fixture of the calendar year. Subsequently, the team is set to embark on a challenging five-game road trip with stops in San Francisco, Salt Lake City, Los Angeles, and Phoenix. As of now, Butler’s availability for these upcoming games remains uncertain, but indications point towards his probable return in the near future.

 

Here are Miami’s next five games:

Date Opponent Time (ET) TV channel
Dec. 25 vs. 76ers 8 p.m. ESPN
Dec. 28 at Warriors 10 p.m. NBA TV
Dec. 30 at Jazz 5 p.m.
Jan. 1 at Clippers 10:30 p.m.
Jan. 3 at Lakers 10 p.m. ESPN

Jimmy Butler stats

  • 21.5 points per game
  • 5.2 rebounds per game
  • 4.6 assists per game
  • 1.1 steals per game
  • 0.4 blocks per game
  • 1.8 turnovers per game
  • 46.2 percent field goal shooting
  • 37.7 percent 3-point shooting
  • 87.9 percent free throw shooting