Report: Miami Heat disclose Jimmy Butler’s status for Wednesday’s game vs. Milwaukee Bucks

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For the second consecutive night, Jimmy Butler’s sprained ankle will keep him off the court for the Miami Heat as they face the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday evening.

Butler last played on Christmas Day, seeing only 16 minutes of action before leaving the game for good in the Heat’s 111-98 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans.

Without Butler in the lineup on Tuesday night, the Heat were embarrassed by the Bucks in a 144-97 loss. The Heat fell behind in the game, 46-26, after just one quarter.

The Heat would undoubtedly like to have Butler back in the lineup as quickly as possible, but they don’t want to rush the competitive veteran back and risk a more severe injury in the process.

Following Wednesday’s game, the Heat will next be in action on the first night of the new year, when they hit the road to face the Dallas Mavericks.

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Brad Sullivan is a freelance writer for, having been an avid fan of NBA basketball for more than four decades. During that time, he's watched the Heat evolve from gestation period to expansion team all the way to three-time NBA champions. He'll follow their quest toward again reaching those lofty heights, and do so by offering some perspective along the way.