UPDATE: Jan. 10, 11:37 a.m. — Winslow has been ruled out for Friday’s game vs. the Brooklyn Nets. Derrick Jones Jr. is available to play.
No Winslow tonight due to back. Jones will play.— Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) January 10, 2020
UPDATE: Jan. 8, 5:43 p.m. — Butler and Winslow are both officially available to play vs. the Pacers.
#MIAvsIND INJURY UPDATE: Coach Spo says both Justise Winslow (back) & Jimmy Butler (back) are good to go for tonight’s game vs the Pacers.— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) January 8, 2020
UPDATE: Jan. 8, 11:45 a.m. — Winslow will be available to play vs. the Pacers, per coach Erik Spoelstra.
Winslow available tonight in Indy. Spoelstra acknowledges tough rotation choices loom— Barry Jackson (@flasportsbuzz) January 8, 2020
UPDATE: Jan. 7, 5:40 p.m. — Butler is now probable to play vs. the Pacers. Winslow is questionable.
Heat injury report for Wednesday at Pacers:— Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) January 7, 2020
Jimmy Butler Probable (Back)
Daryl Macon Out (G League)
KZ Okpala Out (G League)
Justise Winslow Questionable (Back)
UPDATE: Jan. 7, 2:31 p.m. — Butler and Winslow both returned to practice Tuesday and are on track to play Wednesday vs. the Indiana Pacers.
Justise Winslow and Jimmy Butler both practiced today. Sounds like both should be available tomorrow vs. Pacers.— Anthony Chiang (@Anthony_Chiang) January 7, 2020
UPDATE: Jan. 5, 5:34 p.m. — Butler has been ruled out vs. the Blazers.
Derrick Jones Jr. starts for Jimmy Butler.— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) January 5, 2020
Airplane Mode will start for Butler, which is what we initially predicted would be the case. Jones is a decent value play, again, though I also don’t mind Nunn or Robinson, as well as Herro.
Miami Heat SG Jimmy Butler is questionable to play Sunday vs. the Portland Trail Blazers.
Jimmy Butler is questionable with a locked-up back.— Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) January 5, 2020
Spoelstra says Justise Winslow, who has missed last 14 games with a lower-back bone bruise, will be out again.
With Butler questionable to play, there are a few spots we can attack if he’s ruled out. Bam Adebayo ($7,600) would be a solid play on the main slate going up against Portland, which lacks size outside of Hassan Whiteside. If Butler sits, we’ll likely see Derrick Jones Jr. ($3,300) get the start in his place. Airplane Mode wouldn’t be a bad value play on DraftKings. I’d also expect Tyler Herro ($3,700) and Duncan Robinson ($3,800) to pick up more minutes. Kendrick Nunn ($4,500) would see more usage if Butler is out.