Jimmy Butler, Bam Adebayo return for Heat vs. Lakers; Kyle Lowry out for personal reasons

MIAMI — Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler returned Wednesday night after spraining his ankle in the first half of Friday night’s loss to the visiting Indiana Pacers.

Butler also missed 11 of the Heat’s first 19 games in Monday night’s win over the visiting Minnesota Timberwolves before returning Wednesday night against the visiting Los Angeles Lakers.

Earlier in the day, Butler was listed as a suspect.

Center Bam Adebayo, who missed Monday night’s game with a non-COVID illness, was available again Wednesday night despite being listed as questionable with a right shoulder sprain earlier in the day.

However, the Heat are without starting point guard Kyle Lowry due to personal reasons. Lowry missed a long stretch last season due to personal issues. The team provided no other information.

Gabe Vincent replaced Lowry in the starting lineup.

The Heat are also without centers Dewayne Dedmon (foot) and Omer Yurtseven (ankle).

Forwards Caleb Martin (ankle) and Vincent (knee) are both on the injury report and allowed to play, as is seldom-used big man Udonis Haslem (Achilles).

With the Lakers rounding out four home games, the Heat follow up with a five-game Western Conference swing against the Denver Nuggets on Friday night, a trip that also includes battles with the Utah Jazz, Los Angeles Clippers, Lakers and Phoenix Suns game.

In addition to the return of Butler and Adebayo to the Heat, the Lakers also upgraded their major parts from the injury report, LeBron James was cleared to play on the second night of back-to-back games in Los Angeles, and the Lakers won on Tuesday. Tonight’s game against the Orlando Magic.

James was listed as a problematic earlier in the day.

James scored 33 points in the Lakers’ single visit to Miami last season, and he scored 51 points in his first visit to Miami as a member of the Lakers in 2018.

James, who helped the Heat to NBA titles in 2012 and ’13 as a member of the Lakers, scored 25 or more points in five of his six games against the Heat on Wednesday night.

The Lakers are still without forward Anthony Davis, who is dealing with a stress fracture in his right foot.