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Jimmy Butler misses practice; expected to play Monday

Heat star has excused absence

Miami Heat's  Jimmy Butler dunks against the Denver Nuggets during an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)
Miami Heat's Jimmy Butler dunks against the Denver Nuggets during an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP) (2020 Getty Images)

Orlando – Miami Heat star Jimmy Butler missed Sunday’s practice inside the Orlando bubble with what Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra called “an excused absence.”

Late Sunday, the team telling Local 10 that Butler is expected to play Monday against the Raptors.

Butler is active on the injury/illness list according to the team.

Butler’s teammate, Jae Crowder, referenced Butler being in some type of quarantine for the time being. “It’s definitely a curveball for all of us to hear stuff like what’s going on with him,” Crowder explained. He didn’t go into details into what exactly is going on with Butler.

The NBA has set specific guidelines and rules to protect players and staff from Covid-19 while inside the Orlando complex.

Butler scored a team high 22 points in Saturday’s 125-105 win over Denver in Miami’s return to action.

The Heat are set to play the Toronto Raptors on Monday afternoon.


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