Miami Heat Unclear on Jimmy Butler Injury Severity

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The Miami Heat are unclear on Jimmy Butler’s availability for Game 4 of the Conference Finals after exiting their 109-103 win over the Boston Celtics on Saturday with knee inflammation.

Butler played 20 minutes, scoring only eight points with three rebounds, two assists and two steals in the win as the Heat held off the Celtics’ late quarter push.

“He didn’t have his, like, normal explosive burst,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said about Butler.

“He’s been able to manage this. I think the next two days will be really important, obviously.

“At half-time, the trainers made the call. Just feel like we’ve been in this situation a lot with a few of our guys. We almost have to restrain them.

“We get it, and we love it about them, how they are wired. But we also don’t want to be irresponsible.”

Bam Adebayo stepped in Butler’s absence to score 31 points with 10 rebounds, while PJ Tucker and Max Strus added 17 and 16 points respectively.

Jaylen Brown was exceptional for the Celtics with 40 points and nine rebounds, while Jayson Tatum was ordinary with only 10 points, shooting one-of-seven from three-point range with six turnovers.

“Six turnovers, and no field goals in the second half that is unacceptable,” Tatum said.

“Honestly, I’ve got to play better. I feel like I left the guys hanging tonight. That’s on me.”

The result means the Heat lead the series 2-1, but Butler’s availability will be important moving forward, along with Tyler Herro who picked up a quad issue.

“There’s just adversity going on both sides, just constantly, and the competition is just that intense that it is creating that adversity,” Spoelstra said.

“We’ve just got guys grinding, gutting through. This is what the playoffs is all about.”

Ben somerford
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