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Heat forward Jimmy Butler on leave of absence after death in family

Butler is out indefinitely after being granted permission to miss Sunday's loss to the visiting Celtics.

Jimmy Butler is averaging a team-high 21.4 points per game this season.

MIAMI (AP) — Heat star forward Jimmy Butler missed Miami’s 110-106 loss to the Boston Celtics on Sunday because of personal reasons.

The club has granted Butler a leave of absence after the death of a family member. It has not been determined how long Butler will be away from the team, which has games at Milwaukee and Philadelphia this week before the All-Star break.

Injuries have limited the 34-year-old Butler, who leads the Heat in scoring at 21 points per game, to 37 games this season.