The Miami Heat will be without Jimmy Butler and Kevin Love on Wednesday night against the Magic in Orlando.Butler missed practice Tuesday because of a left calf strain suffered in Monday’s loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves and did not travel with the team.
He is considered an everyday player and was not ruled out for Friday’s home game against the Atlanta Hawks.Kevin Love will miss Wednesday’s game due to a stomach ailment. He saw a doctor on Tuesday and there is no timetable for his return. Both Butler and Love started Monday’s game against the Timberwolves. Butler had played nine straight games for the first time this season, including both back-to-back games (Dec. 13-14). This will be his first absence since November 28, when the Heat started Josh Richardson in place of Butler in the loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. Love, who had come off the bench in 16 of his last 17 games before Monday’s start, could be replaced at power forward by Haywood Highsmith or Caleb Martin.Kyle Lowry will return against the Magic after missing Monday’s game due to rest.The Heat recently brought back Tyler Herro and Bam Adebayo after extended absences and were nearly back to a fully healthy team for the first time this season before Butler was injured (with the exception of reserve point guard Dru Smith, who missed the season due to a… knee injury). and love.