Jimmy Butler injury update: Heat star questionable for Game 4 vs Celtics with knee problem

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The Miami Heat listed Jimmy Butler as questionable for game 4 Monday. Butler left the Heat’s Game 3 victory in the Eastern Conference Finals against the Boston Celtics with knee inflammation on Saturday night. Butler played 19 minutes in the first half but did not come out of the locker room after halftime.

It’s unclear if there was a specific case that caused the flare-up, but Butler had a knee problem throughout the playoffs. He previously missed Game 5 of the Heat’s first-round series against the Atlanta Hawks with knee inflammation. Overall, it’s been an injury-plagued season for Butler. He only played 57 games for a wide variety of reasons including ankle, tailbone, toe and shoulder issues.

Butler’s injury isn’t the only concern for the Heat heading into Game 4. Miami also listed Tyler Herro (groin), PJ Tucker (knee), Max Strus (hamstring), Gabe Vincent (hamstring). hamstrings) and Kyle Lowry (hamstrings). ) as questionable. Lowry played 29 minutes in Game 3, but before that he was ruled out of Miami’s last four playoff games with a hamstring injury. Tucker twisted his knee in Game 2 but didn’t miss time with the injury. While Herro, Strus and Vincent saw normal workloads in Game 3, having them all listed on the injury report clearly shows how angry the Heat are right now.

Although the Heat seem to be riddled with injuries right now, Butler’s potential absence could be the biggest one. He almost single-handedly won Game 1 of this series, registering 41 points, nine rebounds, five assists, four steals and three blocks. For the playoffs, he’s averaging 29.8 points, 7.6 rebounds, 5.2 assists, and 2.2 steals per game while shooting 54 percent from the field.

The Heat ended up surviving Game 3 without Butler, but missing him any longer could be detrimental to Miami. We’ll have to wait and see before Game 4 if Butler’s knee is ready to go.

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