Q: The crickets in Mexico got Jimmy Butler. – Ira (another Ira, not me).
Q: Jimmy Diarrhea Buckets. – Nick.
Q: He should have not eaten the crickets in Mexico. – J.G.
Q: I know you probably got 20 of these (it’s too easy): Did Jimmy eat one too many crickets? There’s a limit to, “When in Rome . . . “
A: All kidding aside, for all the talk of the players sampling the local cuisine in Mexico City ahead of Saturday’s game there against the Spurs, one would wonder why a world-class athlete would risk such a dietary change in the midst of an ongoing season. The Heat made typical, NBA-season fare available to their players at the team hotel. Yes, there is something to be said about enjoying the culture, but there also is an unrelenting schedule that follows. For Jimmy Butler, it was, quite literally, crickets on Tuesday night.
Q: Ira, this load management has got to stop. Every game someone is out. They all can’t always be hurt. –Roy, Miami.
A: First, Jimmy Butler was not a case of load management. And there might even have been a gas station restroom involved in his stomach distress. And Caleb Martin suffered a nasty ankle sprain last Thursday in Houston. As for Kyle Lowry, he was putting in huge minutes beyond what anyone would have anticipated from a 36 year old. Tuesday, it all caught up to the Heat.
Q: Nobody can seem to stay healthy. – Steve.
A: It’s almost become the expectation that teams will be missing players for any given game. Remember, Chicago has been without Lonzo Ball all season and even Tuesday night was without a key roster component in Javonte Green. The league needs to do something. Yes, injuries happen. But when teams are playing four games a week, it is likely that players miss multiple games. You can’t market a league around star talent, which the league has done for years, with no guarantee that such star talent will be on display.
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