Jimmy Butler will remain sidelined Wednesday

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Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler will remain out for Wednesday’s game against the Denver Nuggets for COVID-19 protocols.

It was previously reported that there was optimism that Butler would play in the game, but he’s since been ruled out.

Butler hasn’t played since January 9 since being held out for coronavirus health and safety protocols.

His next opportunity to play will be Thursday against the Clippers, and opponents Kawhi Leonard and Paul George will be out for the same protocols.

When Butler returns, he may be on a minutes restriction to ease him back into game action.

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