Jimmy Butler will miss another game vs. Cavs due to personal reasons
Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler will miss his second consecutive game on Monday against the Cleveland Cavaliers due to personal reasons. According to Heat, Butler will not be traveling with the team when they play on Monday at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.
Butler also missed Saturday’s home game against the Cavs due to the same personal reasons. In addition, guard Tyler Herro and center Meyers Leonard will also miss Monday’s contest due to ankle issues.
UPDATE: Jimmy Butler (personal reasons) will not travel with the team to Cleveland today for tomorrow night’s game vs the Cavs.
— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) February 23, 2020
According to Miami Herald, Butler was scheduled to appear in a segment of Dwayne Wade’s No. 3 jersey retirement on Friday. However, Butler missed the event due to the same personal reasons.
Nonetheless, Butler has played phenomenal in his first season with the Heat. The 30-year-old is averaging a team-high 20.6 points, 6.9 rebounds, and 6.2 assists in 34.4 minutes. Butler is also shooting 45.3 percent from the field and 24.6 percent from 3pt range.
Butler has played a vital role in Miamis’ success this season. They’re currently the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference with a record of 36-20. The Heat have also played phenomenally at home this season. They’re tied with the Milwaukee Bucks at 24-3 for the second-best home record in the NBA.
The Heat have played exceptionally well without Butler in the lineup. Butler has missed nine games this season and the Heat has gone 5-4 without him. Head coach Erik Spoelstra is expected to start guard Derrick Jones Jr. in Monday’s contest due to Butlers’ absence.
The Heat is scheduled to have a five-game homestand starting Wednesday against the Minnesota Timberwolves.