Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler could sit out for the second consecutive game on Friday against Golden State Warriors.
Butler missed the Heat’s trip to Houston on Wednesday out of illness, where his team lost 117-108 to the Rockets.
As per Anthony Chiang of Miami Herald now, Butler is listed as questionable for the game against Warriors due to his illness.
Butler came in to Miami Heat before the start of the season and has led the team which has performed above expectations so far.
He has been averaging almost 19 points per game apart from 6.7 assists.
In Miami’s previous game in his absence, James Harden led the Rockets with 34 points.
Butler had praised Harden for what he has been doing and said that team’s must find a way to stop him.
“The guy is averaging 39-and-a-half points,” Butler had said as per the Players’ tribune. “In the streets, that’s 40. That’s James Harden. I mean, he’s a lefty. You want a mid-range pull-up, you want a floater, you want a layup, you want a dunk, you want a free throw. He’s legendary for his step-back. You can say that it’s a travel, you can say it’s not a travel. Ref doesn’t call it, so I’m all for it. Find a way to stop it, travel or not.”
Having lost two of their last three games, Miami will be hosting the Golden State Warriors on Friday and will be hoping that Butler will recover from his illness.
Either way, Miami will fancy their chances against a Warriors side that is at the bottom of the Western Conference with a win-loss record of 4-15, and struggling with long term injuries to the likes Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson.
While Jimmy Butler is doubtful for Friday’s game, Derrick Jones Jr. (hip), KZ Okpala (Achilles), Dion Waiters (team suspension) are listed as out for Miami.