UPDATE: Jan. 21, 4:13 p.m. — The Heat injury report for Friday’s game vs. the Raptors is pretty similar to Wednesday. Butler, Bradley and Leonard remain sidelined. Herro is questionable again while Dragic is listed as probable. So unless Herro is able to return from a neck injury, the Heat will have a similar lineup to Wednesday’s game vs. Toronto.
Update: Herro has been ruled out for Friday and is expected to miss at least 3 more games.
The Miami Heat will be without SG Jimmy Butler (health protocols) again on Wednesday night against the Toronto Raptors. The Heat will also be without G Avery Bradley and C Meyers Leonard. Tyler Herro (neck) is questionable to play, while PG Goran Dragic (foot) and G Gabe Vincent (knee) are both probable to play. Here’s the full injury report for Wednesday night.
Butler has been sidelined almost half the season due to health and safety protocols and an ankle injury. He hasn’t played since Jan. 9 against the Washington Wizards, a team that has had major issue with Covid-19. Butler won’t be back on Wednesday night and we don’t know when he’ll be out of quarantine and ready to return to the court. Same goes for Bradley and Leonard.
Since the Heat had a game postponed last week against the Boston Celtics, they’ve lost three of four games. This is mostly operating with a very thin roster. Miami snapped a three-game losing streak on Monday vs. the Detroit Pistons, a game that was moved back to the night due to concerns surrounding Covid-19. The Heat got a few bodies back in the lineup against the Pistons and could be back close to full strength soon.
The Heat started Goran Dragic at PG with Herro sidelined against the Pistons. Duncan Robinson and Bam Adebayo should continue to start with Kelly Olynyk at center. We could see Maurice Harkless enter the starting lineup Wednesday. Harkless and Kendrick Nunn played 30-plus minutes each in the win on Monday. If Herro remains out, Dragic will be a good DFS option on DraftKings. Nunn, Robinson and Adebayo should soak up most of the playing time.