Heat loses Jimmy Butler for Game 3 and Celtics immediately start comeback

Miami Heat fans got the bad news early in the second half that star Jimmy Butler was out with a knee infection.

That intense heat They looked like the favorites for Game 3 after a dominant first-half performance that gave them a 62-47 lead over the Boston Celtics. But then, as the second half began, there was one major absence from the pitch – star Jimmy Butler.

The ESPN show revealed Butler was ruled out of the Heat for the remainder of Game 3 due to a right knee infection. That would leave the Heat the rest of the way without their leading scorer.

Jimmy Butler was out for the remainder of Game 3 with a right knee infection

Things got a lot worse for the Heat as the Celtics made a furious comeback in the third quarter and reduced their lead to nine points. However, Miami finished game three with an 87-72 lead in the final 12 minutes of regulation.

At one point it looked like the Celtics would lose Marcu Smart, who twisted his right ankle. After being helped backwards, Smart was shown how to put weight on his foot and eventually returned to the court.

In 20 minutes into the first half, Butler scored eight points (3 from 8 from the field), grabbed three rebounds, shared two assists and recorded two steals.

Butler’s status will be worth watching after Game 3, particularly to see if he’ll miss any extra time. Heat loses Jimmy Butler for Game 3 and Celtics immediately start comeback

John Verrall

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