Erik Spoelstra gives immediate update on Jimmy Butler’s ankle injury suffered vs. Warriors

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On Monday, the Miami Heat lost to the Golden State Warriors 115-108, and to add injury to insult, team MVP Jimmy Butler went down with what looked like a serious ankle injury.

Afterward, head coach Erik Spoelstra had some optimistic words to say about Butler’s prognosis.

Although nothing is official as of this writing, if Butler has to miss more than a little bit of time, it would be a huge blow to a Heat team that is already shorthanded.

Even without star big man Bam Adebayo (thumb surgery) and several other players who are in health and safety protocols, the Heat have been able to win most of their games in the last few weeks.

But with the Eastern Conference looking as deep and competitive as ever, even a brief slump could cause Miami to drop in the standings.

Without their best player, the Heat hung tough against arguably the best team in pro basketball. Caleb Martin, a newcomer to the Heat’s championship culture, put up an efficient 19 points to go along with nine rebounds.

But as a team, Miami shot very poorly from the field and was no match for Stephen Curry and crew.

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Robert is a native of Santa Monica, Calif. and a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has been an avid NBA fan since he was a little kid in the mid '90s, and during that time he has lived through the Alonzo Mourning, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James era of Heat basketball. He feels strongly that the NBA and sports aren't just entertainment, but also a means for learning life lessons.