Sources: Jimmy Butler (sprained ankle) to miss Clippers game

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Miami Heat star Jimmy Butler will miss Thursday's game against the Los Angeles Clippers after sustaining a sprained right ankle, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

Butler suffered the injury in Wednesday's 120-117 overtime loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. He played the entire first quarter, scoring seven points with two steals. He was ruled out and watched the second half of the game in street clothes on the bench.

Tyler Herro replaced Butler as a second-half starter Wednesday.

Butler is averaging 23.6 points, 5.5 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 2.1 steals per game as the Heat are off to a 7-4 start, the fifth-best record in the Eastern Conference. 

It is unknown how much time Butler will miss.

The Heat are on a five-game Western Conference road trip, with games against the Utah Jazz and Oklahoma City Thunder after Thursday's game against the Clippers. The Heat lost to the Denver Nuggets on Monday in a game marred by Nuggets star Nikola Jokic's hard shove on Markieff Morris.

Jimmy Butler stands at the bench in street clothes.
Jimmy Butler stands at the bench in street clothes during the second half after sustaining a right ankle sprain in the first half of a game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Nov. 10, 2021. (Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
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