- Jimmy Butler has played in seven of the Miami Heat’s eight games this season
- He will sit out Saturday, with the team citing undisclosed personal family issue
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Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler will sit out Saturday’s game against the host Atlanta Hawks due to an undisclosed personal family issue, the team announced.
Multiple media reports noted that Butler could return to play in Sunday’s game, with Miami moving on to San Antonio to face the Spurs.
The Heat, meanwhile, also ruled out forward Caleb Martin for Saturday’s game, as he continues to deal with a knee injury, while Tyler Herro and RJ Hampton also miss out.
Nikola Jovic is probable, with Kevin Love, Duncan Robinson and Dru Smith all available to play.
Jimmy Butler has played in seven of the Heat’s eight games this season but will miss Saturday
Caleb Martin (right) will also be sidelined as he deals with a knee injury suffered last month
Martin, 28, scored two points in his lone game this season, a 103-102 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Oct. 25.
Butler, 34, is averaging 18.4 points, 6.1 rebounds and 3.4 assists in seven games this season.
The Heat are 4-4 for the season after a difficult start,
For the Hawks, Kobe Bufkin, Seth Lundy, Mouhamed Gueye and Norris Miles will all miss out.