Video: Jimmy Butler suffers brutal ankle injury in Game 1 of NBA Finals

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The Miami Heat’s first appearance in the NBA Finals in six years is off to a bad start.

Not only did they fall behind 65-48 at halftime, but All-Star Jimmy Butler appeared to suffer an injury late in the second quarter.

Butler was seen limping around, but he was able to continue to play.

Butler had a monster first half with 16 points, four assists and two steals.

The Heat took an early double-digit lead, but the Los Angeles Lakers came roaring back and took control of the game in the second quarter.

A big reason for Miami’s deficit is that its offense, which was hot early, went into a prolonged drought in the second period.

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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.