The Heat ruled out star wing Jimmy Butler for Sunday afternoon’s nationally televised game against the Nets at AmericanAirlines Arena just a few hours before tip-off. Butler, who surfaced on the Heat’s injury report on Saturday night, will miss the contest because of a sprained right ankle. The Heat enters Sunday’s game on a three-game losing skid.
Zion Williamson ranks eighth in the NBA in field goal percentage at 61.5%, while averaging 26.7 points per game. Williamson is on pace to join Kevin McHale as the only players to average over 25 points on 60% shooting or better over a full season. McHale accomplished the feat in 1986-87 when he averaged 26.1 points on 60.4% shooting; Williamson is currently topping both of those marks.
The NBA is preparing for the possibility of postponing games after instructing teams to be “vigilant about the impact” of a potential verdict this week in the Derek Chauvin trial in Minneapolis, ESPN reported Sunday. The looming specter of possible protests, civil unrest and team reactions in the aftermath of a verdict has the league office preparing for the prospect that a night or two of league games could be postponed this week,” the report stated, citing sources.