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Jimmy Butler out for Heat vs. Hornets with ‘day-to-day’ toe issue

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Miami Heat star Jimmy Butler won’t play against the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday.

Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra told reporters that Butler’s toe injury is going to be a “day-to-day” issue moving forward:

Butler is one of the toughest players in the NBA, so he must be pretty sore if he’s sitting out a game.

The Heat are 41-23 on the season. They are well on their way to making the playoffs after missing it last campaign. Since the Hornets aren’t that good of a team, Miami has the luxury of resting Butler in this case.

Butler has appeared in 54 games for the Heat this season. He’s averaging 20.2 points, 6.6 rebounds and 6.1 assists while shooting 45.4 percent from the floor, 24.8 percent from the 3-point line and 83.3 percent from the charity stripe.

The Heat are in fourth place in the Eastern Conference standings. They are the only team in the NBA with two wins over the Milwaukee Bucks, who once again have the best record in the league. It’s not a stretch to say Miami is going to be a serious contender to win the East once the playoffs roll around.

Speaking of the playoffs, Jimmy Butler has appeared in 55 postseason games in his career with the Chicago Bulls, Minnesota Timberwolves and Philadelphia 76ers. The Texas native has playoff averages of 17.3 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.4 assists.

After Wednesday, the Heat are back in action on Friday when they host the lowly New York Knicks. That’s another game Butler doesn’t necessarily have to play in, so it remains to be seen if Miami rests its All-Star forward again.