Heat's Jimmy Butler to Be Evaluated Tuesday After Suffering Ankle Injury vs. Warriors

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 4, 2022

CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 27: Jimmy Butler #22 of the Miami Heat looks on during the game against the Chicago Bulls on November 27, 2021 at United Center in Chicago, Illinois. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2021 NBAE (Photo by Jeff Haynes/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Miami Heat star Jimmy Butler will be evaluated on Tuesday after suffering a right ankle injury during Monday's 115-108 loss to the Golden State Warriors.

Ohm Youngmisuk @NotoriousOHM

Erik Spoelstra says Jimmy Butler will be evaluated tomorrow. He said if you talk to Butler right now, Jimmy says he’s feeling good but Heat will wait to see how his turned ankle feels.

Butler went down with the injury in the third quarter with the Heat trailing 80-74.

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

Jimmy Butler was helped off of the court after an apparent right ankle injury.<br><br>Hoping for a speedy recovery 🙏 <a href="https://t.co/8NcgmqKXdz">pic.twitter.com/8NcgmqKXdz</a>

Butler was ultimately ruled out for the remainder of the game. He led Miami with 22 points prior to exiting.

Butler missed time earlier this season because of ankle and tailbone injuries and has played more than 67 games just once since the 2012-13 campaign.

When healthy, he is the on-court leader for the Heat as a four-time All-NBA selection, five-time All-Defensive selection and five-time All-Star who can take over a game offensively or help shut down an opponent's best player on the defensive end.

The 32-year-old is averaging 23.2 points, 5.9 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 2.0 steals per game as someone who impacts winning in a variety of ways.

While Miami will struggle to replicate that if Butler is sidelined, look for Tyler Herro and Caleb Martin to see more time. The Heat roster is already thin with wing players Duncan Robinson, Max Strus and Gabe Vincent currently in the NBA's health and safety protocols.