The scene of Jimmy Butler not returning on-court would have definitely disturbed Miami Heat Fans, but they will be pleased with the new update on his injury. Moreover, with Miami Heat managing to register a hard-fought win against the C’s at home, the team will be having more confidence. Heat coach Eric Spoelstra updated about Butler status, while Yahoo reporter confirmed same.
Miami Heat marquee star forward Jimmy Butler did not return after half-time of the Eastern Conference finals’ Game 3 against the Boston Celtics. Though the Heat team was leading in the game, missing out on Jimmy Butler was never a pleasing sign for the away side. Jimmy left the game with right knee inflammation, the team announced. Butler played 19 minutes in the first half but did not come out of the locker room after halftime.
Butler has been dealing with a knee problem throughout the playoffs. He previously missed Game 5 against the Atlanta Hawks due to knee inflammation. But played the next game against the Philadelphia 76ers. Similarly, as per reported by Yahoo Sports reporter Chris Haynes, Jimmy will be available for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals series.
Miami Heat survived game 3 without Jimmy Butler
In general, this has been an injury-plagued season for Butler. He only played 57 games in the regular season due to a wide variety of issues including shoulder, ankle, tailbone, and toe. Miami Heat was leading when Butler left the court and thanks to a great defensive display by the team, they held off the surging Boston Celtics and won by just 6 points.
In the first half, Butler most of his time on the court as he led Miami to a stellar start in the game. The Heat forward ended up with 13 points on 3-for-8 shooting (37.5 percent), three rebounds, two steals, and two assists, leaving the court with 15 points lead at the half. Miami Heat returned without Butler.
After Miami’s 109-103 win, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra informed that Butler would not need to undergo an MRI. USA Today also confirmed that Butler is not expected to miss any further time in this series.
Butler has been instrumental for Miami Heat averaging, 29.8 points, 7.6 rebounds, 5.2 assists, and 2.2 steals per game while shooting 54 percent from the field. Butler is 4th on the scorers’ list this postseason with 357 points in 12 games played while leading the league with 26 steals.
Though Bam Adebayo and Miami Heat won Game 3 without Butler, they are heavily reliant on the megastar. The positive news regarding Butler’s injury will inject a new sense of energy into the team as they will remain in Boston for the Monday night game.