Jimmy Butler officially returns after eight-game absence

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Ira Winderman: Jimmy Butler has officially been upgraded to probable for the Heat vs. Magic.
Source: Twitter @IraHeatBeat

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
NEW: Jimmy Butler expected to make return, but Heat still without three starters vs. Magic miamiherald.com/sports/nba/mia… Erik Spoelstra on now adjusting to life without Lowry, his sense of relief when learning about Dedmon’s MRI and more – 2:44 PM

Shandel Richardson @ShandelRich
Jimmy Butler expected back in the lineup #miamiheat si.com/nba/heat/miami…2:36 PM

Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Jimmy Butler has officially been upgraded to probable for the Heat vs. Magic. – 2:32 PM

Marc Stein @TheSteinLine
The Heat say Jimmy Butler will warm up with the intent to play in today’s game against Orlando. A tailbone injury has sidelined Butler since Dec. 6.
More NBA from me: marcstein.Substack.com2:04 PM

Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
Jimmy Butler plans to play today vs. Magic. P.J. Tucker remains out. – 1:48 PM

Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Heat pregame update from Erik Spoelstra:
Jimmy Butler (tailbone): Warming up with intention to play.
P.J. Tucker (leg): Out today.
Otherwise: Adebayo, Morris, Dedmon, Lowry, Oladipo out, with Martin back from protocols. – 1:47 PM

Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
Kyle Lowry enters NBA COVID-19 protocols. What it means for the Heat and Lowry miamiherald.com/sports/nba/mia… But the Heat could get Jimmy Butler and P.J. Tucker back today vs. Magic. Both have been upgraded to questionable – 8:55 AM

Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
NEW: Kyle Lowry enters NBA COVID-19 protocols. What it means for the Heat and Lowry miamiherald.com/sports/nba/mia… But the Heat could get Jimmy Butler and P.J. Tucker back on Sunday vs. Magic. Both have been upgraded to questionable – 6:26 PM

Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Kyle Lowry enters protocols for Heat; Jimmy Butler, P.J. Tucker listed closer to returns. https://t.co/hzjkxKldm2 Heat could sign a replacement for Lowry, who could miss seven games, or retain Zylan Cheatham, with Caleb Martin out of protocols. pic.twitter.com/nLTYWZNOkf6:00 PM

Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Heat injury report for Sunday vs. Magic:
Jimmy Butler (tailbone): questionable
PJ Tucker (leg): questionable
Kyle Lowry (protocols): out
Dewayne Dedmon (knee): out
Markieff Morris (neck): out
Bam Adebayo (thumb): out
Victor Oladipo (knee): out
Caleb Martin out of protocols. – 5:32 PM

Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
On 5:30 p.m. injury report, Heat has listed Jimmy Butler and P.J. Tucker as questionable.
But Kyle Lowry is listed as out because of health and safety protocols. – 5:31 PM

Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
Jimmy Butler hasn’t played in nearly three weeks, but his shoes have been on the court. Max Strus explains miamiherald.com/sports/nba/mia…4:07 PM

More on this storyline

Anthony Chiang: Jimmy Butler back in the Heat’s starting lineup. Gabe Vincent starting in place of Kyle Lowry and Omer Yurtseven starting in place of Dewayne Dedmon. -via Twitter @Anthony_Chiang / December 26, 2021

Tim Reynolds: Jimmy Butler intends to play. PJ Tucker remains out. -via Twitter @ByTimReynolds / December 26, 2021

Ira Winderman: Heat injury report for Thursday vs. Pistons is out, with the following all listed as out: Jimmy Butler (tailbone) Bam Adebayo (thumb) Markieff Morris (neck) Victor Oladipo (knee) Caleb Martin (protocols) P.J. Tucker (leg) No other players currently on injury report. -via Twitter @IraHeatBeat / December 22, 2021