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Heat’s Jimmy Butler leaves game vs. Warriors with right ankle injury

Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler (22) drives to the basket against Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry during the first half of an NBA basketball game. (Jeff Chiu/AP)

| January 4, 2022, 12:03 AM

January 4, 2022, 12:03 AM

Miami Heat star Jimmy Butler exited Monday night’s game against the Golden State Warriors with a right ankle injury.

UPDATE: Jimmy Butler (right ankle injury) will not return to tonight’s game. https://t.co/VVUH2mQ54N

— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) January 4, 2022

After the game, head coach Erik Spoelstra said: “He turned it. … He says he’s fine.”

The play occurred in the third quarter when Butler appeared to tweak his ankle while dribbling towards Warriors forward Juan Toscano-Anderson. Butler then fell to the floor and could not put any weight on his foot as he was helped off the court.

The 32-year-old missed one game last week with an injury to the same ankle, and also just recently came back from an eight-game absence due to an injured tailbone.

In 22 games played this season, he’s averaging 23.2 points, 5.9 rebounds and 5.5 assists while shooting 50 per cent from the field for the 23-14 Heat.

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