“Miami Are Done”:Heartbreak for Heat Fans As Jimmy Butler Gets Sidelined Mid-Game With Knee Injury vs Jayson Tatum’s Celtics

Published 05/21/2022, 11:33 PM EDT
May 17, 2022; Miami, Florida, USA; Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler (22) reacts after making a basket against the Boston Celtics during the second half of game one of the 2022 eastern conference finals at FTX Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Jimmy Butler has been a crucial part of the Miami Heat for three years. Hence, him being present for each minute against the Boston Celtics is very important. But that has not come to be. He had to leave Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals due to knee inflammation. He did play 19 minutes in the first half of the game but was not seen after halftime. There are some things that haven’t been made clear yet to the public and the media, at large.

No one, as of now, knows yet if there was a specific instance that caused the flare up. Butler has been dealing with knee problems throughout the playoffs. He had to miss Game 5 of the Heat’s first round game against the Atlanta Hawks because of another case of knee inflammation.

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These are some of the fan reactions to this event during Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals :

 

 

Jimmy Butler in the Playoffs

Butler has been crucial for the Heat, as said above. Playoff Jimmy is alive and has been performing really well. He averaged 21.4 Pts with 5.9 rebounds and 5.5 assists the regular season. Butler’s post-season record has always been great, but he has taken it to another level. He has averaged 28.3 Pts, 7.6 rebounds, and 5.6 assists in all the games .

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In fact, he has been Jordanesque in his performances, as well. He is the first one since Jordan to have 40+ pts, 3+ steals, and 3+ blocks in a conference finals game.

Apr 17, 2022; Miami, Florida, USA; Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler (22) and Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young (11) collide during the first half of game one of the first round for the 2022 NBA playoffs at FTX Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports

He had scored 41 points in the 1st game against the Boston Celtics to ensure that they get a 1-0 lead in the Finals. Butler also scored 29 points in the 2nd game and tried his hardest to get Miami going, but unfortunately they lost.

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Will Jimmy Butler come back? Will the Celtics take advantage of this? We will have to wait and watch more as developments come fast and thick.

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Aditya Kar

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Aditya Kar is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports. A holder of Bachelors and Masters degrees in History, he has been a fan of the NBA since 2011. He has a very keen interest in the stories that define the league and the sport.

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