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Jimmy Butler likely out vs. Rockets due to illness

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The Miami Heat are likely to be without star forward Jimmy Butler for Wednesday’s game against the Houston Rockets due to an illness, head coach Erik Spoelstra told reporters, according to Anthony Chiang of The Miami Herald.

This is coming at the heels of Butler expressing his admiration for Rockets shooting guard James Harden. Butler is believed to have a sinus infection, similar to what teammate Goran Dragic had recently.

“He is wiped out,” said Spoelstra of Butler, according to Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. “He is totally out of it this morning, very similar to what Goran had.”

Udonis Haslem and James Johnson were cleared of their respective infections, one that has now gone around the entire team at this point.

Butler did not attend shootaround this morning and was very clearly affected by the infection. Spoelstra has given every hint as to Butler not suiting up today, but left the door open for a potential game-time call to suit up next to his teammates.

Butler is averaging a team-leading 18.9 points, along with 5.4 rebounds, 6.7 assists, and 2.6 steals per game on the season. The Heat are 12-4 thus far and vying for a spot in the top-four in the Eastern Conference.