Jimmy Butler to miss 2nd straight Heat game with ankle injury

Published January 9, 2022, 9:00 AMNBA.com News Services

Miami All-Star originally injured right ankle in third quarter of Tuesday's (PHT) game vs. Golden State.

After sitting out Wednesday’s (PHT) game vs. Portland with an injury to his right ankle, Jimmy Butler’s status for Sunday came down to a gametime decision. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra informed reporters pregame that Butler would miss his second straight game, leaving Miami without its star forward for their matchup with the league-leading Suns.

In his third season with the Heat after signing in July 2019, the 32-year-old Butler has averaged 23.2 points, 5.9 rebounds and 5.4 assists across 23 games this season, shooting a career-best 50.0% from the floor.