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Heat: Jimmy Butler Breaks Silence on Morris & Oladipo’s Return


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Jimmy Butler #22 of the Miami Heat looks on during the third quarter against the San Antonio Spurs at FTX Arena on February 26, 2022.

While the return of Victor Oladipo and Markieff Morris has been one of the most talked-about topics for Miami Heat fans and analysts all season, the team itself continues to be very tight-lipped when it comes to providing updates on these two players’ timetable for rejoining the lineup.

Oladipo, after undergoing surgery on his right quadriceps in May, has not played in a single game thus far this season and Morris has been out since taking a blindside hit from Denver Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic on November 8.

With the return of both Oladipo, 29, and Morris, 32, just around the corner, there’s a concern about how exactly they will fit back into the lineup. The Heat are on a hot streak, having won back-to-back

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Heat Rumors: Victor Oladipo Could Return from Injury by Mid-March | Bleacher Report

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Miami Heat guard Victor Oladipo, who has been out since April 8, 2021, after having surgery on his right quadriceps tendon, could return to the lineup in March.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski provided the report on SportsCenter.

“Victor Oladipo is on this road trip. He’s had two really significant quad tendon surgeries. He’s recovered from the second one now. I’m told that there’s optimism Oladipo could be back within two weeks. Perhaps the second week of March.”

Oladipo, a former Indiana star, has been in the NBA since 2013. The two-time All-Star has averaged 17.5 points, 4.6 rebounds and 4.0 assists for his career.

Oladipo starred for the Indiana Pacers in 2017-18 and 2018-19 and was named an All-Star both years. Unfortunately, Oladipo suffered a quad injury in January 2019 that led to a surgery and an absence off the court until

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Heat remain in Eastern Conference’s top tier, battled injuries and absences with great team depth

The Heat, missing Kyle Lowry and Tyler Herro, fell to the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday but despite that, they remain in a good place to make a second-half of the season run to the playoffs. 

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The Heat dazzled the NBA world by making an improbable run to the NBA Finals during the bubble season of 2020 as the fifth seed but last season, after finishing sixth, Miami crashed out of the playoffs, swept by the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round. 

The toll of two seasons played in a condensed period of time took its toll on the Heat, but Miami entered this season healthy and full of hope. 

Unfortunately, season 2021-22 has provided its challenges as well. 

Tyler Herro has elevated his game and is the clear Sixth Man of the Year favorite, but the Heat’s

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Markieff Morris Ruled Out for Heat vs. Lakers with Whiplash After Jokic Altercation | Bleacher Report

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Miami Heat forward Markieff Morris will miss his team’s road game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday because of whiplash, per Anthony Chiang of the Miami Herald.

Morris left the Heat’s 113-96 loss to the Denver Nuggets on Monday after a hard foul from reigning NBA MVP Nikola Jokic:

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Nikola Jokic and Markieff Morris were both ejected from the game after the two exchanged hard fouls. <a href=”https://t.co/AtOklXIU5k”>pic.twitter.com/AtOklXIU5k</a>

Morris initially committed a hard foul on Jokic, who responded with one of his own. A stretcher came out for Morris, but he walked off on his own power with teammates by his sides. Both players were ejected.

Morris signed with the Heat in August to mark his fifth team since February 2019 and the sixth of his career. He averaged 11.0 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.6 assists across his first 10 NBA seasons,

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