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Heat’s P.J. Tucker leaves Game 2 with knee contusion, MRI on Friday

2022 NBA Playoffs - 	Boston Celtics v Miami Heat

MIAMI, FL - MAY 19: P.J. Tucker #17 of the Miami Heat handles the ball against the Boston Celtics during Game 2 of the 2022 NBA Playoffs Eastern Conference Finals on May 19, 2022 at The FTX Arena in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2022 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Injury was literally added to insult in Miami’s blowout loss to Boston in Game 2 Thursday night.

Heat forward P.J. Tucker had to leave the game with what the team called a knee contusion and did not return.

Tucker will undergo an MRI Friday, reports Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports/TNT.

The injury to his knee happened in the first quarter and Tucker tried to play through it, Haynes reported. He eventually had to leave the game in the third quarter after playing 22 minutes.

If Tucker is forced to is time this series it would be a serious blow to the Heat, who are relying on his stout defense to help slow Jayson Tatum, and his switchability is key to coach Erik Spoelstra’s schemes. Tucker also has averaged 8.5 points and 5.7 rebounds a game this postseason while shooting 47.1% from 3, heading into Game 2.

Game 3 is set for Saturday in Miami.