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Erik Spoelstra discloses how Miami Heat plan to approach Jimmy Butler’s ankle injury
- Updated: December 25, 2020
Erik Spoelsra on Jimmy Butler's ankle, "It was a group decision," he said of Butler sitting out the second half. "It just stiffened up."
— Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) December 25, 2020
He also hinted at how the Heat will approach the injury.
Spo on Jimmy's ankle: "The smartest decision right now is to not force it."
— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) December 25, 2020
Butler had been questionable for the Pelicans game because of the ankle injury that occurred during the Heat’s opening-game loss to the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night.
Spoelstra and the Heat medical staff will most likely take a careful approach to bringing Butler back, knowing that bringing him back too soon could risk further injuring the ankle.
Just two games into the 2020-21 season, there’s no reason to rush Butler back into the lineup. That may rub against Butler’s insatiable desire to compete, but looking at things from a long-term perspective appears to be the right approach.
The Heat will be off until next Tuesday, when they host the Milwaukee Bucks in back-to-back home contests. The hope is that keeping Butler off the ankle during that time will speed up his rehabilitation.