A flurry of injury updates after Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals
Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat was a rollercoaster. Among the many scenarios to come out of the game, injuries were prominent.
Even before the game, the Celtics received a blow when the center Robert Williams was ruled out with left knee pain. Then during the second half of the match, the two Smart Marcus and Jayson Tatum had to leave the ground.
During his post-match press conference, Tatum recounted what happened that caused him to quit the game. “My neck got caught in a weird position,” Tatum explained. “I felt a pain in discomfort in my neck and down my arm [pointing to his right shoulder]. I went to the back, had it checked. I started feeling feeling again, got it checked out by the doctors, did some tests and decided to give it a try.
Meanwhile, Smart had his ankle rolled while looking for a rebound. He put no weight on his right leg while being helped off the ground. Despite the apparent severity of both injuries at the time, Smart and Tatum returned to action.
After the match, head coach Ime Udoka briefed the media on the status of the two players. He said Marcus Smart rolled his ankle and called Tatum’s injury a “sting”. Udoka added that he does not expect these issues to be serious.
As for Williams – who has now missed seven of the Celtics’ 14 playoff games this year due to injury – Udoka described him as “really day-to-day”. Williams’ status for Game 4 will depend on how his knee responds to treatment and how much extra time he got from not playing in Game 3.
The Celtics weren’t the only team dealing with injuries in their starting lineup on Saturday night. miami star Jimmy Butler was taken out of the game at halftime with what the team called right knee pain. Butler had eight points on 3-of-8 shooting in 20 minutes in the first half.
After the game, the Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra said Butler’s knee would not require an MRI. Miami Herald’s Anthony Chiang reports that Butler’s injury “is not considered serious” and that he “could” be back in Game 4.
Spolestra did not have an update on the sixth man Tyler Herro, who suffers from a quad injury. Herro didn’t appear to be injured during the game, but the 87% pitcher wasn’t in the game for the last minute, which raised the question. He was spotted with an ice wrap on his leg after the game.
Teams will have the day off before returning to play in Game 4. That game kicks off Monday night at the TD Garden at 8:30 p.m., with pre-game coverage beginning at 8 a.m. on 98.5 The Sports Hub and 98.5 The Sports Hub Celtics RadioNetwork.