Is Jimmy Butler playing tonight? Latest injury update for Heat vs Lakers

Jimmy Butler has missed five of the Miami Heat's last six games.

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When the Miami Heat take on the Los Angeles Lakers at Crypto.com Arena Wednesday night, they will be without Jimmy Butler for the second straight game.

Butler, who was ruled out with right foot irritation, will miss six of seven games with a lower-body injury. He previously missed four straight with a calf strain before hurting his foot during a Dec. 30 game against the Jazz in Utah.

Jimmy Butler will miss his second straight game with a right foot injury when the Heat face the Lakers Wednesday night.

The Heat have also ruled out Haywood Highsmith (concussion protocol), and listed Caleb Martin (right ankle sprain) as doubtful and Josh Richardson (back) as questionable. 

With Butler out, the Heat have been starting rookie Jaime Jaquez Jr. in his place. Jaquez is expected to get the start Wednesday night against the Lakers, alongside Kyle Lowry, Tyler Herro and Bam Adebayo. The fifth starter will likely be two-way forward Jamal Cain, who started Monday against the Clippers.

For the Lakers, LeBron James (non-COVID illness) is considered questionable while Anthony Davis is probable with a left ankle sprain. Also on the Lakers’ injury report are Rui Hachimura (out, calf), Gabe Vincent (out, knee surgery), D’Angelo Russell (doubtful, tailbone contusion) and Cam Reddish (probably, groin).

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