The Miami Warmth are with out star guard Jimmy Butler on Sunday as they tackle the Boston Celtics.
Butler is coping with a dying within the household and will likely be away from the workforce.
“Jimmy Butler has been granted a depart of absence as he offers with the dying of a member of the family. Jimmy and his household ask for privateness at this cut-off date as they navigate this loss. Updates will likely be given when applicable,” Bernie Lee, Butler’s agent, mentioned in an announcement.
Miami at present sits at 28-24 and is one recreation out of the sixth spot within the Japanese Convention, which might preserve them out of the NBA’s play-in event.
The Celtics have the most effective report within the NBA at 40-12 one 12 months after dropping to Miami in seven video games within the Eastern Conference Finals.
Celtics coach Joe Mazzulla took over the workforce simply earlier than the beginning of the 2022-23 season after Ime Udoka was suspended for all the season.
Mazzulla was formally named the group’s nineteenth head coach final February after Boston removed the interim tag from his title.
Mazzulla took some warmth in his first season as head coach for his administration of video games, however the Celtics have regarded like the most effective workforce through the 2023-2024 NBA season.
“I don’t know concerning the trivialities of managing video games, I simply know that they’ve performed excellent basketball this 12 months,” Miami head coach Erik Spoelstra mentioned on Sunday of Mazzulla and the Celtics. “They’ve been essentially the most constant workforce all 12 months lengthy. They current some challenges for positive offensively. They will unfold you out. They assault.”
“After which defensively, I believe they’re simply very underrated. I do not suppose sufficient folks speak about how steady and good their protection has been this season.”
Boston has gained the primary two of their three video games towards Miami this season.