Report: Jimmy Butler Excused From Miami Heat Practice, Status for Monday’s Game Unknown

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Miami Heat veteran Jimmy Butler has been excused from the team’s Sunday practice, though he won’t be leaving the NBA’s bubble in Orlando, Fla.

While the lack of any additional information doesn’t allow for a determination as to when Butler will return, the fact that he remains in the immediate vicinity offers reassurance that the absence will be short-lived.

The hope is that Butler will be available for Monday afternoon’s clash between the Heat and Toronto Raptors, which will be followed by a Tuesday contest against the Boston Celtics.

In the Heat’s first game of the resumed 2019-20 season, Butler led the Heat to a 125-105 victory over the Denver Nuggets, improving their season record to 42-24.

Butler finished the night with 22 points, seven assists, four rebounds and three steals in 30 minutes of action.

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Brad Sullivan is a freelance writer for, 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.