Jimmy Butler misses 2nd straight Heat game with ankle injury
Miami All-Star originally injured right ankle in third quarter of Monday's game vs. Golden State.
After sitting out Tuesday’s game vs. Portland with an injury to his right ankle, Jimmy Butler’s status for Saturday 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.
UPDATE: Jimmy Butler (ankle) has been ruled out of tonight's game.
— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) January 9, 2022
Without Butler, the Heat reoriented toward the perimeter, with Tyler Herro and Duncan Robinson combining for 58 points in a 123-100 victory. Miami shot 22-for-44 from long range, tying a franchise record for made 3s.
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.