The Miami Heat announced late Wednesday afternoon that Jimmy Butler would be out for the season opener against Memphis.
#HeatTwitter Jimmy Butler will not be playing tonight for “personal reasons”. He was in shoot arounds this morning. Everything is fine, according to Erik Spoelstra. “The truth will come out😄”, was his only comment about the situation. pic.twitter.com/WHQIa4CZco
— Cinco Razones Deportes Network (@CincoRazonesNet) October 23, 2019
The exact reason for the absence has not been specified, NBA writer Tim Reynolds had this from head coach Erik Spoelstra.
Spo stresses “everything’s fine” with Jimmy Butler. “It’s all good,” Spo says.
— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) October 23, 2019
This obviously throws a monkey wrench into not only the starting lineup, but the entire rotation along with defensive assignments on the perimeter.
Justise Winslow and Tyler Herro among others will be asked to carry more of the offense, it will be interesting to see who Spoelstra opens and closes with tonight.
Tip off from the American Airlines arena is 7:30pm EST
Check back for more updates as we learn more.