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Sixers’ Jimmy Butler sprains ankle vs. Cavs, x-rays negative

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Philadelphia 76ers forward Jimmy Butler appeared to have injured his left ankle, Friday. It came in the fourth quarter of the Sixers’ 121-112 loss to the lowly Cleveland Cavaliers.

Fortunately, the results of the x-ray returned negative. It was nothing more than a sprain and Jimmy Butler will be re-evaluated Saturday.

The newly-acquired star came from the Minnesota Timberwolves after he had a year-long stint with the franchise. This season, Butler only played for just five games in Minneapolis before moving conferences.

Jimmy Butler was traded along with Justin Patton for Dario Saric, Robert Covington, Jerryd Bayless, and a 2022 second-round pick back on November 12.

Now with the Sixers, the four-time All-Star is now teaming up with youngsters Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons, who both led the Sixers back to contention in the Eastern Conference last season.

Last year’s first overall pick Markelle Fultz is out of the lineup due to a shoulder injury. Losing Jimmy Butler to injury would be another setback for the developing team.

Butler was impressive in this defeat, though, as he registered 22 points in 34 minutes of play. He is currently averaging 17.2 points per game for his new team and has shown his brilliance with a 28-point performance against the Utah Jazz back on November 16.