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Miami Heat franchise star Jimmy Butler will be out for the team’s Friday contest against the Washington Wizards due to knee soreness. Apparently, a source told Ira Winderman of South Florida Sun-Sentinel that Butler is also set to miss the following two games for the Heat’s remaining road trip on Sunday against the Cleveland Cavaliers and on Monday vs. Minnesota Timberwolves.

This marks that Butler will miss a total of five games to start the season. 

The Heat are ravaged by injuries so far this 2022-23 campaign. As noted by Winderman, Victor Oladipo (knee tendinosis) and Omer Yurtseven (ankle surgery) haven’t played yet their season debut. Udonis Haslem is away from the team for personal reasons. Meanwhile, Tyler Herro (ankle) and Dewayne Dedmon (non-COVID illness) are also unavailable this Friday; Gabe Vincent experienced swelling in his knee after a shootaround and has been ruled out; Duncan Robinson will miss his first career game due to a hand injury; and finally, Bam Adebayo is out Friday after previously being listed as questionable.

Butler, 33, is currently averaging 20.9 points, 6.6 boards, 6.1 dimes, and 1.8 steals in 48.3 percent shooting for 35.7 minutes (13 games).

The Heat is sporting the 10th-best record in the East with a 7-8 card.