NBA: Hit 4 star Jimmy Butler suspicious for Game 4; The Celtics are also sick

Jimmy Butler hits Miami

Jimmy Butler # 22 of the Miami Heat runs the ball against Marcus Smart # 36 of the Boston Celtics in the second quarter of the 2022 NBA Playoff Eastern Conference Final at TD Garden on May 21, 2022 in Boston, Massachusetts. Winslow Townson / Getty Images / AFP

Miami hit star Jimmy Butler has been listed as questionable for Monday’s Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals after missing the second half of the team’s win in Game 3.

Butler is dealing with inflammation of his right knee which has bothered him periodically in the post-season. He missed the first round of the Clinching Game 5 of the first round series against the Atlanta Hawks on April 28 with a knee problem.

Butler had eight points before exiting Game 3 after averaging 35 points in the first two games.

Heat coach Eric Spoelstra spoke to reporters on Sunday before receiving any injury updates from training staff.

Some key players have also been hit in Boston as point guard Marcus Smart (right ankle) and big man Robert Williams III (left knee) are suspicious and forward Jason Tatum (neck / shoulder stinger) is possible.

Celtics coach Ime Udoka told reporters on Sunday: “Marcus has a slight swelling in his ankle and a very bad sprain. “The game is over, but he will feel it a little more (Sunday). Working and being treated. See how he feels (Monday).

“Jason is fine. This is a stinger that has gone too fast. And the Lord has improved. (Saturday) Feeling better than that. … It’s day to day. We’ll check it out (Monday) and see how he feels. “

Butler is one of six Miami players listed as suspects. Others are Forward PJ Tucker (knee) and Guard Tyler Hero (groin), Kyle Lori (hamstrings), Max Strauss (hamstrings) and Gabe Vincent (hamstrings).

The Heat are 2-1 up in the series after a 109-103 win on Saturday.

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