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Jimmy Butler Is Out For Game 5: NBA World Reacts

Jimmy Butler celebrates with teammates.

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 09: Jimmy Butler #22 of the Miami Heat celebrates with Goran Dragic #7 after a play against the Washington Wizards during the second half at Capital One Arena on January 9, 2021 in Washington, DC.(Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)

The Miami Heat are going to be down one of their best players on Tuesday night.

Per Shams Charania of The Athletic, Jimmy Butler is going to be out for Game 5 due to right knee inflammation.

This isn't good news as the Heat are looking to close out their first-round series against the Atlanta Hawks on their home court. Miami won Game 4 on Sunday, 110-86 to go up 3-1 in the series. Butler played 36 minutes in that game and finished with 36 points, 10 rebounds, and four assists. He was the only player who had 20+ points in the win. The NBA world is a bit scared of what Butler's absence could mean for tonight's game.

The Heat will need P.J. Tucker, Bam Adebayo, and Max Strus to step it up tonight if they want to book their ticket to the second round. If Miami loses, the series will shift back to Atlanta for a Game 6 on Thursday.

Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. ET.