What happened to Jimmy Butler’s family? Miami Heat star’s leave of absence explained

Jimmy Butler has become one of the most influential figures in the modern NBA. The Miami Heat star has been battling injuries during the 2023 NBA playoffs. His absence will certainly be a big blow to the team considering how he fared against the Boston Celtics. Although he’s gotten off to a slow start this year, it’s no secret that Butler heats up in the postseason.

Jimmy Butler (Credits-X)

He has played in just 37 of a possible 53 games and is currently averaging 21.4 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4.6 assists. Butler is the Heat’s state leader in points scored as well as assists and steals. Bam Adebayo has also been clutch in defense for the team.

Unfortunately, it looks like the Heat’s playoff dreams may be in jeopardy, as recent reports have mentioned that Butler will be sidelined for a while.

Jimmy Butler is sidelined after the death of a family member

Butler’s agent, Bernie Lee, recently mentioned that the superstar will miss a few games for the Heat. The reason he gave was that a member of Butler’s family had died. Heat’s statement also mentioned that the family had asked for privacy at this sad time.

There is no fixed timeline for the 34-year-old. It seems certain that he will miss the team’s next game against the Milwaukee Bucks. The Miami-based franchise was without their star player in a recent 110-106 loss to the Boston Celtics. Tyler Herro was the team’s leading scorer as usual, scoring 26 points on 10/21 FG. Jayson Tatum scored 26 points to lead the Celtics to their revenge.

How will Butler’s absence affect the Miami Heat?

Butler is undoubtedly an unforgettable personality off the court. He maintains a quiet personality at times on the court, but there is no doubting his abilities. Butler is one of the greatest players of the current generation, even if he doesn’t have a championship ring to show for it. He came close but Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets spoiled the Heat’s party.

Butler is often a big contributor on defense, which is surprising given how offensive players currently prefer not to back down. Butler may not be a flashy dribbler or shooter, but he gets things done for the team. The player makes sure to involve all his teammates while making sure that the win is in the bag.

Tyler Herro, Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo
Tyler Herro, Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo (Credits-X)

With that said, even the greatest NBA team would lose such a player. But after making it to the finals less than a year ago, the heat has been very low so far this year. Hero is the team’s best shooter and Adebayo is the star defender. These two players will be the main characters until Butler returns. Unfortunately for them, Terry Rozier, Josh Richardson and Drew Smith are also on the injury report.

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