Video: Jimmy Butler has to be helped off the court after going down with devastating ankle injury

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The shorthanded Miami Heat are continuing to experience health issues.

Their MVP Jimmy Butler went down on Monday during a showdown with the Golden State Warriors with an ankle injury that looked pretty bad.

The Heat are coming off a disappointing 115-113 loss to the Sacramento Kings on Sunday and are looking to maintain one of the top seeds in the Eastern Conference.

Miami is already without several of its key players. Bam Adebayo is recovering from a thumb injury, center Dewayne Dedmon has a sprained MCL and several others are in health and safety protocols.

Still, the Heat have been hanging tough, as one would expect. Prior to their loss against Sacramento, they had run up a five-game winning streak and had won the majority of their games without Adebayo.

If Butler has to miss games, the Heat may have a hard time holding off the Cleveland Cavaliers to remain in fourth place in the East.

As of this writing, Miami is trailing Stephen Curry and company in the fourth quarter.

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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.