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Jimmy Butler out vs. Cleveland for planned rest; but Boban Marjanović will be available

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Jimmy Butler has been ruled out for Tuesday’s contest when the Sixers (42-25) will host the Cleveland Cavaliers (16-50). Boban Marjanović, who has missed the last 6 games with a knee sprain will be available.

It was not specified if there was a specific issue that requires maintenance regarding Butler but the update courtesy of Serena Winters of NBC Sports Philadelphia says it’s for “planned rest” and that James Ennis will start in his place:

While the team will miss Butler’s talent, the Cavs don’t usually present much of a challenge. The Cavs are in contention for Duke phenom Zion Williamson and busy chasing ping pong balls, although they did upset the Sixers back in November of last year in Philadelphia so they should not be taken lightly. After all the Sixers are in a tight race for home court in the playoffs with both the Pacers and Celtics breathing down their necks in the standings.

The Sixers are in sole possession of the 3rd seed after yesterday’s home win over the Pacers.

As for Boban’s return, it’s a welcome sight because it presents the possibility that Joel Embiid might get a bit of extra in-game rest assuming he suits up again.

Since Embiid was so good against the Pacers, dominating in his first game back since the All-Star break, it seems likely he’ll suit up, although the team may want to see how his left knee tendinitis responds to the real game action he got yesterday.