Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler is out for Monday’s exhibition, while Los Angeles Clippers star Kawhi Leonard is listed as questionable.
The Miami Heat (19-13) faces a tough opponent on Monday night: the Los Angeles Clippers (19-12), with all the signs pointing to a weakened squad.The Heat were disappointed in their last game against the Utah Jazz. Utah emerged victorious thanks to the combined efforts of guards Collin Sexton and Keyonte George.The Clippers have now won nine of their last eleven games. They are on a two-game winning streak and are entering the New Year’s competition. Here is the injury report:HEATJimmy Butler: Out – Sore right footHaywood Highsmith: Doubtful: bruised jawKyle Lowry: Questionable: head contusionCaleb Martin: Doubtful: sprained right ankleJosh Richardson: Doubtful – Left Posterior Facet SyndromeOrlando Robinson: Questionable – G League – on a missionDru Smith: Out – Right knee surgeryCole Swider: Questionable – G League – Two-wayCLIPPERKawhi Leonard: Questionable: Left hip contusionMason Plumlee: Questionable: left anterior cruciate ligament sprainButler played against the Jazz, but was disappointing by his standards. He recorded eight points and two rebounds on two of three shots. The lack of aggression in attack led to a disappointing performance. Martin, Richardson and Lowry were inactive against Utah, but are key contributors when healthy.Leonard is the Clippers’ leading scorer this season with 24.4 points. He also provides elite level defense as a veteran on the roster.