At the start of the 2021-22 NBA season, the Miami Heat proved to be one of the league favorites and Jimmy Butler’s MVP-caliber level of play is a huge reason for that.
It ranks third in the league according to ESPN’s Player Efficiency Rating (PER) and fourth according to NBA.com’s Player Impact Estimate (PIE).
He left the Heat’s game against the Lakers in Los Angeles early with an ankle injury. What is the status of the 32-year-old and the severity of his injury?
Sporting News has you covered with the latest:
What is Jimmy Butler’s injury?
Jimmy Butler left the game after playing all 12 minutes of the first quarter. He appeared to have sprained his right ankle around 1:19 of the first quarter after injuring himself in a clash with Lakers goaltender Wayne Ellington.
Closer to half-time, the Heat made official the fact that the All-Star would not return to the game.
By the time he left the game, Butler had scored seven points, two steals and one assist.
How long is Jimmy Butler excluded?
Other than what the Miami Heat made official – a sprained right ankle, nothing more is known about Butler’s status.
Even though the injury is mildly serious, it would be safe to expect Butler to miss the team’s next game, which will be against the Clippers in LA in less than 24 hours.
This Lakers game is the second of a five-game Western Conference road trip for the Heat. After playing in Denver and after those games at the STAPLES Center, Miami heads to Salt Lake City and Oklahoma City.
Stay tuned to this page for the latest news on Jimmy Butler’s status and how long he could be out on the job.
What is Jimmy Butler’s recent injury history?
Jimmy Butler is one of the longest-lasting players in the league without any serious injuries that have sidelined him for a substantial amount of time in his career so far.
So far in the 2021-22 season, he had played in each of the Heat’s 10 games averaging 25.3 points, a career-high, 6.0 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 2, 1 interceptions in 53.0% of shots from the field.
Point infirmary with two stars out on injury last night: Jimmy Butler first, who played the entire 1st quarter (7 points) before being forced to leave his teammates in Los Angeles due to a sprain right ankle.
He had played every Miami game (7-4) so far this season and was shooting 25.3 points, 6 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game. Without him, his team fell narrowly in overtime against the Lakers.
In San Francisco, it was Draymond Green who came out in the 3rd quarter for a contusion to his right thigh in the Warriors’ victory (10-1) over Minnesota. He was injured 6.45 from the end of the period as he attempted a shot against Jaden McDaniels. At the time of his release he was 7 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists in 21 minutes.
Green, who was fouled on the play, was able to shoot his free throws before limping down court on defense. When the Warriors regained possession, they called timeout, and Green headed to the locker room. He had seven points, six assists and five rebounds in 21 minutes.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr called the contusion “nasty,” and said Green was questionable for Golden State’s game against the Chicago Bulls on Friday.
Green entered Wednesday averaging 7.9 points, 8.5 rebounds and 7.3 assists for the Warriors, who became the NBA’s first 10-win team on Wednesday. Andrew Wiggins had 35 points to lead Golden State, and Anthony Edwards led Minnesota with 48 points.
Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green left Wednesday’s 123-110 win against the Minnesota Timberwolves with a right thigh contusion and did not return. Green was injured on a shot attempt at the rim with 6:45 left in the third quarter.