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Game 1 Preview: Rested Heat take on Bucks

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Jimmy Butler says his shoulder injury is no longer an issue.

Miami Heat v Milwaukee Bucks Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images

The Miami Heat last played one week ago, when they completed their sweep of the Indiana Pacers. That rest has allowed Jimmy Butler to now say that the shoulder injury that kept him out for most of the first half of that Game 4 is “no longer an issue.”

On the injury report, only rookie Chris Silva — who suffered a stress fracture in his left pubic bone — is listed as out. Gabe Vincent, who is on a two-way contract with the Heat this year, is listed as questionable.

And the Heat now open their second-round series against the top-seeded Milwaukee Bucks, who last played Saturday. Although some former players and NBA writers have picked the Heat to defeat the Bucks, Miami remains an underdog according to the betting markets.

Game 1 will air on TNT shortly after 6:30 p.m.

Probable Starters:

Miami —

  • Jimmy Butler
  • Jae Crowder
  • Bam Adebayo
  • Duncan Robinson
  • Goran Dragic

Milwaukee —

  • Khris Middleton
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo
  • Brook Lopez
  • Wesley Matthews
  • Eric Bledsoe

Broadcast Info

  • TV: TNT
  • Radio: The Ticket 790AM & The HEAT Radio Network (Mike Inglis, Ruth Riley Hunter)
  • Spanish Radio: WAQI 710AM & The HEAT Spanish Radio Network (José Pañeda, Joe Pujala)