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Why Jimmy Butler Didn't Play In The NBA All-Star Game

The NBA All-Star game in action.

We're halfway into tonight's NBA All-Star Game in Los Angeles. We had a pretty entertaining first half.

Team Steph leads Team LeBron, 78-76, after 24 minutes of play. LeBron James and Klay Thompson lead all scorers with both totaling 15 points.

LaMarcus Aldridge and Al Horford were the only two players who saw the court and didn't score. Everyone played - except for one guy.

Jimmy Butler was the lone All-Star to log zero minutes in the first half. The coach wasn't punishing him or anything though.

The Minnesota Timberwolves star didn't play, basically, but his regular season coach, Tom Thibodeau, has been playing him so much. Butler leads all NBA players in minutes per game at 37.3.

The star forward played 40-plus minutes in the game before the All-Star break. He's getting some much-needed rest tonight.

Someone close to Butler reportedly told NBC Sports' Vincent Goodwill that Butler is fine. "He's okay, just tired."

Butler reportedly told Team Steph's head coach, Mike D'Antoni, to not worry about getting him any minutes tonight. We'll see if that stays true in the second half.

The second half of tonight's game should begin momentarily. It's being televised on TNT.