As could have been expected with the Miami Heat terming Jimmy Butler as doubtful a day earlier, the Heat ruled the All-Star forward out for Tuesday night’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks at AmericanAirlines Arena due to sore right ankle that hobbled him last season.
Butler first turned the ankle in last Wednesday’s season-opening loss to the Orlando Magic at the Amway Center, struggling to the finish that night. He then, after an efficient first half in Friday’s home-opening victory over the New Orleans Pelicans, was held out of that second half.
Not even the intervening three days off were enough to get Butler back in time for Tuesday’s game, with the presumption he also will, at minimum, miss Wednesday’s rematch against the visiting Bucks. The Heat then next play Friday in Dallas, before two more days off.
Butler missed 15 games last season, including the first three, when he was away for the birth of his daughter, with the Heat 2-1 in those games. He then appeared in all 21 playoff games.
Butler, 31, is in the second year of a four-year contract.