Jae Crowder Indicates Jimmy Butler Missed Miami Heat Practice Because He’s in Quarantine

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The reported absence of Jimmy Butler from the Miami Heat’s Sunday practice took a potentially ominous turn when teammate Jae Crowder indicated that Butler has been placed in quarantine.

Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra declined to offer a timeline as to when Butler will return, with Crowder’s disclosure making a projected return for the veteran hard to determine.

In addition, there are no details currently available as to why Butler missed Sunday’s practice.

If Butler truly is in quarantine, it is possible that he has tested positive for COVID-19.

During Saturday’s Heat contest against the Denver Nuggets, Butler looked to be ready to lead the Heat into the postseason by contributing 22 points, seven assists, four rebounds and three steals.

Butler’s effort helped lead the Heat to a 125-105 victory over the Nuggets. Clearly, his potential absence going forward is a cause for major concern.

One major reason is because the Heat have four games scheduled through this upcoming Saturday. They have seven scheduled through Aug. 14.

The first of those contests comes on Monday afternoon when the Heat takes on the defending NBA champion Toronto Raptors.

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Brad Sullivan is a freelance writer for HeatNation.com, having been an avid fan of NBA basketball for more than four decades. During that time, he's watched the Heat evolve from gestation period to expansion team all the way to three-time NBA champions. He'll follow their quest toward again reaching those lofty heights, and do so by offering some perspective along the way.