Heat Get Promising News About Jimmy Butler’s Injury Ahead Of Game 2

Jimmy Butler reacts after suffering an ankle injury

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The NBA Play-In Tournament may still be in its infancy, but based on how the teams who’ve won to make the playoffs have fared since it was introduced, there weren’t many signs the Heat would end up advancing past the Bucks in the first round.

However, Miami was able to flip the script in a big way.

The Heat only needed five games to send Milwaukee home for the season thanks in no small part to the performance of Jimmy Butler, who emerged as the undisputed star of the series thanks to the 37.6 points he averaged in each contest (including a heroic 56 point effort in Game 4).

Butler also posted 25 points when Miami took a 1-0 lead over the Knicks in the second round with a 108-101 victory on Sunday, but the win was marred by the ankle injury Butler suffered with around five minutes remaining in the fourth quarter.

It appeared Butler was able to avoid any serious damage, but the initial prognosis was still less than ideal based on a report that asserted his ankle had swelled to “the size of a baseball.”

As a result, plenty of people assumed he’d be out of commission for Game 2 of the series on Tuesday night. However, Shams Charina implied Butler could, in fact, be on the court when the two teams meet again at Madison Square Garden based on what he had to say on Tuesday morning.

It’s worth noting Miami head coach Erik Spoelstra declined to offer any concrete update concerning Butler’s status, so it does seem like it will ultimately be a game-time decision.

The Heat have already repeatedly defied the odds over the course of the current postseason, but Butler has obviously played an instrumental role in allowing them to do exactly that.

He may not be 100% if he does play, but I think most fans of the franchise would agree a hobbled Jimmy Butler is better than no Jimmy Butler at all.

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Connor Toole is the Deputy Editor at BroBible. He is a New England native who went to Boston College and currently resides in Brooklyn, NY. Frequently described as "freakishly tall," he once used his 6'10" frame to sneak in the NBA Draft and convince people he was a member of the Utah Jazz.