The Miami Heat have faced a number of injuries this season. Big star man Bam Adebayo has come out with a ripped right thumb UCL before. They experienced the same COVID-19-related absences as most of the other teams. But now they face another key player with an injury.
As the Heat trailed the Golden State Warriors in the third quarter on Tuesday, Jimmy Butler collapsed after slipping while being defended by Juan Toscano-Anderson. He immediately fell to the ground in what looked like severe pain and needed help off the pitch by his teammates. He was quickly ruled out for the remainder of the game with what the Heat called a right ankle injury. Miami would lose 115-108 to Golden State.
While Heat coach Erik Spoelstra minimized the severity of the injury following the loss to the Warriors, the Heat officially ruled out Butler for Wednesday night’s clash against the Portland Trail Blazers. The injury may not leave him on the sidelines for long, but it will cost him at least a game.
Butler has only played 22 of Miami’s 37 games this season, and he’s only played 110 of their regular-season games in the past two seasons combined. The Heat need a healthy butler if they plan to play in a championship this season, but his long-term health is hugely important to the franchise as he has signed a four-year and $ 184 million extension this offseason. which hasn’t even started yet. At 32, Butler is already nearing the end of his prime. The Heat can’t afford a serious injury to their top player.
Fortunately, Miami has a little leeway in the standings. The Heat were comfortably ranked No.4 in the Eastern Conference by the time Butler lost with a four-game lead over the No.7 Washington Wizards. If nothing else, it gives them room. to stay on top of the play-in race if Butler is short on time, but their hopes are on his health. Hopefully this turns out to be a minor injury that allows him to return to the ground in the very near future.