Jimmy Butler among Heat players listed as questionable for Game 1


heat star Jimmy Butler is one of six Miami players listed as questionable for the team’s Game 1 against the Sixers on Monday, Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel writes. Butler missed Game 5 against the Hawks last week due to knee inflammation, but still plans to play in Game 1.

With Butler, Tyler Herro (illness), Max Strus (hamstrings), PJ Tucker (calf), Caleb Martin (ankle) and Markieff Morris (illness) are also questionable. Guardian of the starting point Kyle Lowry will also miss his third straight game with a hamstring injury.

On the other hand, the Sixers will be without Joel Embiid (mild concussion and orbital fracture). The teams will also meet in Miami for Game 2 on Wednesday before traveling to Philadelphia for Game 3 on Friday.

Here are some other notes from the East:

  • Ira Winderman examines whether Doc Rivers put the Sixers in check in his last “Ask Ira” mailbag. Rivers kept Embiid in the Game 6 stretch against the Raptors last week, when Embiid suffered his injuries. The Sixers led by 29 points with 3:58 remaining.
  • riders striker Dean Wade was cleared following his meniscus operation, Cleveland.com’s Chris Fedor tweets. Wade will resume his activities on the field. Last month, the Cavaliers lost to the Hawks in the Qualifying Tournament, failing to make the playoffs despite having an impressive season.
  • Hornets can’t afford to miss their next shot, writes Roderick Boone of the Charlotte Observer. The team is looking for another head coach after the dismissal James Borrego. Boone discusses what the club should be looking for in their next coach, noting the Hornets are determined to make the playoffs next year.




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