Jimmy Butler limps to the free throw line after rolling his ankle but he makes both shots


Jimmy Butler limps to the free throw line after rolling his ankle but he makes both shots as he stars (once again!) in Miami Heat’s playoff win over the Knicks

Jimmy Butler rolled and writhed in pain on the floor inside Madison Square Garden but that didn’t stop him from getting up and knocking down two crucial free throws. 

With the Knicks surging behind a desperate home crowd, Butler hobbled to the line with the Heat ahead 95-92 with 5:05 remaining. 

The six-time All-Star knocked down both attempts from the stripe to extend Miami’s lead to 97-95.

Butler remained a virtual statue for the remaining minutes of the No. 8 seed’s eventual 108-101 victory in New York.

As he joked postgame, Butler hit an air ball after admirably playing on through the restrictive injury. 

With over five minutes remaining in the game, Butler rolled his ankle while attempting a shot

With over five minutes remaining in the game, Butler rolled his ankle while attempting a shot

Despite writhing in pain, the All-Star came back on the floor to knock down both free-throws

Despite writhing in pain, the All-Star came back on the floor to knock down both free-throws

Kyle Lowry starred for MIA off the bench, and took over as Butler became a peripheral figure

Kyle Lowry starred for MIA off the bench, and took over as Butler became a peripheral figure

When asked how the injury felt postgame, ‘Jimmy Buckets’ kept his answer simplistic and yet completely relatable. 

‘How’s it feeling?,’ ESPN’s Cassidy Hubbarth asked, to which Butler replied ‘like a rolled ankle.

‘Find a way to win. Be out there, be a presence. I didn’t do too much except air ball a three, but I’ll take the dub,’ Butler said following the injury.

Kyle Lowry stood up for the Heat as Butler became hampered by the ankle. The former Raptor had 18 points, five rebounds, six assists – and incredibly four blocks.

‘He’s a winner. He’s our leader, whether he’s starting or coming off the bench. He’s a champion and he’s been doing a great job for us all year long,’ Butler said.

‘He’s one of the engines that help us go, and we’re gonna ride that wave.’ 



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