CLEVELAND – Jimmy Butler will play in Sunday afternoon’s game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena.
The 76ers swingman has been sidelined the past two games with a strained groin.
Butler suffered the injury in a 116-102 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Dec. 10. The four-time All-Star left the game with 2 minutes, 20 seconds left in the first quarter and didn’t return. He had four rebounds and two assists in 9:40 of action. He failed to score while missing all three of his shots. Tuesday’s MRI revealed no structural damage.
Butler is averaging 20.4 points, 5.2 rebounds, 3.5 assists and a league third-best 2.09 steals per game.
The Sixers lost their two games without Butler. They suffered a 127-124 setback to the Brooklyn Nets at the Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday. Then on Friday, they lost 113-101 to the Indiana Pacers at home.
On Sunday, they will try to avenge a 121-112 home loss to the Cavaliers back on Nov. 23. That loss and the setbacks to the Nets and Pacers are the Sixers only home losses of the season.