“Jimmy Butler Granted Leave of Absence from Miami Heat Due to Personal Tragedy”

Miami Heat player Jimmy Butler has been given permission to take time off from the team due to a death in his family.

The Heat and Butler’s agent, Bernie Lee, made this announcement on Sunday. It’s unclear for how long Butler will be absent from the Heat, but updates will be given when necessary.

Butler won’t be playing in the Heat’s Sunday game versus the Boston Celtics. The Heat are currently in a close race for seeding in the Eastern Conference. They are currently in eighth place with a record of 28-24. The Philadelphia 76ers, who are seeded fifth, are only three games ahead of the Heat in the standings. However, the Indiana Pacers and the Orlando Magic are also between the two teams. These four teams are competing for the last two guaranteed playoff spots, while the other two teams will have to go through the Play-In Tournament round.

This may not be a problem for the Heat, who started their run to the Finals last season in the Play-In Tournament round. But obviously, it would be better for them to avoid it if possible. Butler, who is 34 years old, has been playing well this season, averaging an efficient 21.4 points per game with 5.5 rebounds and 4.6 assists. Even though he wasn’t named an All-Star, he has performed up to his usual standard.

However, the Heat have had some trouble incorporating Terry Rozier into their team since acquiring him from the Charlotte Hornets. The Heat have only won four out of the nine games they have played since Rozier joined the team. Losing Butler while they adjust is going to make things even harder for the Heat moving forward.

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