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

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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.

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