NBA All-Star forward Jimmy Butler missed the Miami Heat’s final game against the Sacramento Kings. He will continue to be sidelined when the team faces the Indiana Pacers on the road.
Butler was unexpectedly late against the Kings. Miami told the media before the game that “Jimmy Bucket” was dealing with a sore hip. He will not travel to South Florida with the team to continue treatment.
In eight games this season, he is the Miami Heat’s leading scorer with 21.5 points and leads the team with 1.5 steals. He had 6.4 rebounds and 5.5 assists in a team-high 35.5 minutes.
In Butler’s absence, head coach Eric Spoelstra added Caleb Martin to the lineup. While Martin did a decent job, the Heat clearly missed Butler’s all-around performance. Miami relied on Tyler Herro’s buzzer-beating 3-pointer to win and improve to 4-5.
Meanwhile, former NBA All-Star Ben Simmons will continue to miss. Brooklyn Nets. He played in the team’s first six games before being abruptly dropped from the roster Indiana Pacers Due to knee injury.
Simmons also didn’t show up for the Brooklyn-vs. chicago bulls At home, they have a sizable lead. The Australian didn’t play by his former NBA All-Star standards and was heavily criticized for his lack of aggression.
The former NBA Rookie of the Year winner set career lows in points, rebounds, steals, field goal percentage and minutes played. Ben Simmons‘ The former elite defense has been missing since his return.
Simmons, who was predicted by many to be the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year before his troubles started, hasn’t had the expected impact on defense. The Nets’ defensive efficiency ranks last in the league.
Brandon Ingram: Concussion; injured since October 23, 2022
Brandon Ingram Played just 11 minutes in the New Orleans Pelicans’ home loss to the Utah Jazz in overtime. He developed concussion-like symptoms after colliding with teammate Nagy Marshall.
Ingram missed the Pelicans’ final four games, including another overtime loss to NBA superstar LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers.
The former All-Star had a career-high 22.0 points. Ingram’s 57.9 percent shooting, including 57.1 percent from three, is significantly above his NBA career average.
The New Orleans Pelicans have upgraded him from questionable to probable. However, Brandon Ingram has cleared his concussion protocol and is expected to play against the Golden State Warriors.
Unsurprisingly, the Pelicans are struggling without him, and they’ll be happy to welcome him back against the failing defending champs.
Seth Curry; Left Ankle; Injured since October 29, 2022
Seth Curry underwent offseason ankle surgery and won’t make his NBA debut for the season with the Brooklyn Nets until Oct. 29. Curry came off the bench and missed all of his shooting attempts. He did have six assists and not a single turnover.
The struggling Nets will desperately need Curry’s offense, especially without a suspended Kyrie Irving. Brooklyn could take advantage of his 46.8 percent rainbow-range shooting last season. Even with Joe Harris and Patty Mills on the floor, the Nets need all the scoring help they can give Kevin Durant.
The Brooklyn Nets have missed Curry’s services the past two games. He’s listed as problematic, but could be available for a limited number of minutes if licensed to help a struggling team.