The Miami Heat won not only their first game of the series in Game 3 in Atlanta, but also the loss of Kyle Lowry with a hamstring injury that is likely to make the East head of the playoffs. Despite Lowry's absence, the Heat pushed Game 4 to take a 3-1 series lead back to Miami, led by the continued spectacular play of Jimmy Butler.
Butler has been the best in the playoffs so far, although with the addition of Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jayson Tatum, as he has been the team's headlining. However, Butler is apparently dealing with knee inflammation and the Heat has announced on Tuesday afternoon that they will attempt to close the series later that night without his services or Kyle Lowry's.
UPDATE: Tonight's game will be ruled out of Jimmy Butler's right knee pain.
Gabe Vincent (toe) is available.
Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT)
Miami will be under no means without their two experienced writers. Tyler Herro is expected to play a greater role and may be the defense's focal point. Overall, the Heat will have to work out simple strategies in transition to alleviate the burden of halfcourt creation without Lowry and Butler.