Heat's Jimmy Butler (illness) and Rockets' Clint Capela (virus) miss Wednesday's game

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Thursday, November 28, 2019

Miami Heat star Jimmy Butler didn't play in Wednesday night's 117-108 loss tothe Houston Rockets because of an illness.

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra told reporters that Butler, who missed Wednesday morning's shootaround, is "wiped out" and is battling a condition similar to guard Goran Dragic's recent sinus infection.

The Heat officially ruled him out about 90 minutes before tipoff.

Butler is averaging team highs of 18.9 points and 6.7 assists per game.

Butler had 18 points and nine assists earlier this month when the Heat limited Harden to 29 points during a 129-100 blowout win in Miami. Harden is averaging a league-best37.9 points per game.

Meanwhile on Wednesday, the Rockets were withoutClint Capela, who has a virus. Tyson Chandler started in his place and had one point and one rebound in eight minutes.

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