Jimmy Butler: injury report, Backstory, Knee inflammation

Jimmy Butler III is an American professional basketball player for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association.

Jimmy Butler: injury report, Backstory, Knee inflammation

After playing one year of college basketball for Tyler Junior College, he transferred to Marquette University.

Jimmy Butler: injury report, Backstory, Knee inflammation

Personal information
Born September 14, 1989 (age 32)
Houston, Texas, U.S.
Listed height 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight 230 lb (104 kg)
Career information
High school Tomball (Tomball, Texas)
College
  • Tyler JC (2007–2008)
  • Marquette (2008–2011)
NBA draft 2011 / Round: 1 / Pick: 30th overall

He was drafted with the 30th overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft by the Chicago Bulls.

Nicknamed “Jimmy Buckets”, Butler is a six-time NBA All-Star, a four-time All-NBA Team honoree and a five-time NBA All-Defensive Team honoree.

In 2015, he was named the NBA Most Improved Player. In 2021, he led the league in steals.

Jimmy Butler injury report 

Miami Heat star Jimmy Butler will not play in Game 5 of their first-round series against the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday. 

The team announced that Butler is out for Game 5 due to right knee inflammation. 

Butler has been instrumental in the Heat taking a 3-1 lead in the series.

He is coming off a 36-point, 10-rebound, four-assist, four-steal performance in a 110-86 victory on Sunday, and that wasn’t even his best game of the playoffs — in Game 2, Butler scored 45 points on 15-for-25 shooting, with five rebounds, five assists and two steals.

In four games against the Hawks, Butler has averaged 30.5 points on 63.6 percent true shooting, 7.8 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 2.8 steals. 

Backstory 

Born in Houston, Texas, Butler’s father abandoned the family when he was an infant.

By the time he was 13 years old and living in the Houston suburb of Tomball, his mother kicked him out of the house.

As Butler remembered it in a 2011 interview, she told him, “I don’t like the look of you. You gotta go.” He then bounced between the homes of various friends, staying for a few weeks at a time before moving to another house.

Despite this Butler maintains a close relationship with his parents, saying, “I don’t hold grudges. I still talk to my family. My mom. My father. We love each other. That’s never going to change.”

In a summer basketball league before his senior year at Tomball High School, he was noticed by Jordan Leslie, a freshman football and basketball player at the school, who challenged him to a three-point shooting contest.

The two immediately became friends, and Butler began staying at Leslie’s house. Although his friend’s mother and stepfather, who had six other children between them, were reluctant at first, they took him in within a few months. 

Knee Inflammation 

Heat star Jimmy Butler will not play Tuesday night in Game 5 of the team’s first-round playoff matchup with the Atlanta Hawks due to right knee inflammation, Miami said Tuesday. The Heat lead the series 3-1.

Jimmy Butler: injury report, Backstory, Knee inflammation

Butler had 36 points, 10 rebounds and four steals Sunday in Game 4 to lead the Heat to a 110-86 victory. The six-time All-Star is averaging 30.5 points, 7.8 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 2.8 steals through his first four games of the 2022 playoffs.

Kyle Lowry, who missed Game 4, is also sitting out Game 5 with a hamstring injury. He suffered a strain midway through the third quarter of Miami’s Game 3 loss.

The Hawks will play Game 5 without Bogdan Bogdanovic, who has right knee soreness.

Game 5 tips off at 7 p.m. ET in Miami. The teams would return to Atlanta for Game 6 if needed.

The Heart finished the regular season as the top seed in the Eastern Conference while the Hawks beat the Charlotte Hornets and Cleveland Cavaliers to advance to the first round of the playoffs.

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