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Jimmy Butler to see specialist for sprained wrist

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Jimmy Butler has been injured with a sprained wrist, causing him to miss the last two games (1/21 vs. HOU, 1/23 vs. SAS). According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Butler is seeing a specialist in Los Angeles regarding his injured wrist:

76ers star Jimmy Butler will see a specialist for his sprained right wrist today in Los Angeles, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @WatchStadium. - @ShamsCharania on Twitter

Normally, given that we’re talking about the Sixers here, this might be of some significant concern. But Charania went on to report that while Butler is doubtful for the Sixers’ game against the Denver Nuggets (tomorrow, 1/26), the Sixers and Butler are both optimistic that he will play at some point during the four-game road trip.

Hopefully (and I think it’s likely) this is just a precautionary measure to ensure the injury is nothing more than a sprain. My initial reaction was, “Los Angeles? Why go all the way out there for a consultation on a sprained wrist? There’s not a doctor at Penn he could see?” But the reality is that the Sixers are already heading west for their aforementioned road trip, and even if the injury is minor, there’s nothing to lose by seeing a specialist you deem to be the best doctor for the job.