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Jimmy Butler (ankle) ruled out for Heat-Blazers

Miami's star guard was immediately helped off the floor after suffering an ankle injury against the Warriors.

Jimmy Butler is helped off the court with an ankle injury.

Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler will not play in Wednesday’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers because of an ankle injury, the team announced.

The five-time All-Star was helped off the court in Monday’s 115-108 loss to the Golden State Warriors after his foot turned awkwardly. He did not return.

Butler has already missed 15 games this season due to various injuries, including a tail bone contusion and a sprain of the same ankle in November. The 32-year-old swingman is averaging 23.2 points, 5.9 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 2.0 steals while shooting 50% from the field.

Butler’s presence has been essential for the fourth-place Heat, who are already missing Bam Adebayo (thumb surgery), Duncan Robinson (Health & Safety Protocols) and a plethora of role players to various maladies. Miami is 15-7 when Butler plays this season, 9-6 when he does not.