The Miami Heat and Jimmy Butler can’t seem to shake the injury bug as of late.
The Heat superstar returned to action against the Memphis Grizzlies after missing four games with a tailbone injury only to reaggravate it in a 105-90 loss Monday night.
Butler reinjured himself in the first quarter driving to the basket and landing on his back at the tailbone area.
Heat Coach Eric Spoelstra spoke on the matter after the game via ESPN.
“He drew contact and got shoved and landed on his tailbone again,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said after the game. “There could not have been a worst scenario for us to start the game. It is a contact sport. It’s an unpredictable thing. Insult to injury, we didn’t get the call on that either.
“But he definitely re-aggravated it. You can tell from that point on he was not his usual self. So we’ll reevaluate him [Tuesday] and see where we are.”
Butler returned to the game after the fall but eventually left for good in the third quarter with 10 points.
The team will hold Butler out for Wednesday’s home game against the NBA champion, Milwaukee Bucks.
Butler’s injury is just the latest of a long list of players who are banged up or unavailable for the game.
Heat injury update for Wednesday vs. Bucks:— Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) December 7, 2021
Jimmy Butler (tailbone) out
Markieff Morris (neck) out
Bam Adebayo (thumb) out
Victor Oladipo (knee) out
Marcus Garrett (G League) out
Caleb Martin (knee) questionable
Markieff Morris will miss his 16th consecutive game because of a neck injury. At the same time, All-Star Bam Adebayo is reportedly expected to miss four to six weeks after undergoing right thumb surgery last week.