Heat’s Butler ruled out for Game 2 due to ankle

The Miami Heat have ruled Jimmy Butler out for Tuesday night’s Game 2 against the New York Knicks due to a sprained ankle.

Butler injured his ankle with 5:05 left in the fourth quarter of Sunday afternoon’s Game 1 victory. He drove to his right on Knicks guard Josh Hart.

As Butler felt contact from Hart, he rose up for a shot. Hart fell, but as he did, he kicked Butler’s right ankle. Butler fell to the ground in a heap and immediately grabbed at his foot. He was on the floor for a few minutes before gingerly walking toward the Heat bench.

Butler remained in the game, but his performance was clearly compromised. He didn’t leave the game until 23.6 seconds remained and Miami’s victory was secured.

Butler finished with 25 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals in 43 minutes, 27 seconds of work Sunday.

Game 3 of the series is Saturday in Miami.

Information from ESPN’s Andrew Lopez was used in this report.

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