Shoulder strain could sideline Heat star Jimmy Butler until after All-Star break

An MRI on the shoulder of Heat swingman Jimmy Butler came back clean, but there is no guarantee he will play in Miami’s upcoming three-game road trip before the All-Star break, tweets Ira Winderman of the Sun-Sentinel.

Butler, who missed Friday night’s game against the Kings, suffered a strain in his right shoulder on Wednesday against the Clippers.

The All-Star has been a revelation for the new-look Heat, leading the charge to a robust 34-17 record. He is averaging 20.5 points and career highs of 6.8 rebounds and 6.3 assists in 34.5 minutes for the Heat. 

Butler has been meriting MVP consideration with his efforts, according to’s Sekou Smith.

The Heat face two teams with sub-.500 records: The 24-29 Trail Blazers tomorrow and the 12-40 Warriors on Monday. Miami will wrap up its road trip in Utah Wednesday against the 33-18 Jazz, who are 19-5 at home. After that the Heat will not play again until Feb. 20.

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