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Jimmy Butler injury not considered serious; update on Smart, Tatum injuries

The physicality of Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals forced a parade of injured players walking back to the locker room from both teams.

The most impactful injury was to Miami’s Jimmy Butler — the best player in the postseason thus far — who did not play the second half due to knee inflammation. The Heat hung on to win and Butler’s injury is not considered serious, according to multiple reports after the game.

Game 4 is Monday night in Boston and Butler would not be the only player dealing with bumps and bruises in that game.

After Game 3, Heat Sixth Man of the Year Tyler Herro was seen with a wrap on his quad after playing limited minutes in the second half (Heat coach Erik Spoelstra leaned on Victor Oladipo). Spoelstra said he was aware of Herro’s injury and it impacted his decision to play Oladipo, but had no update on Herro’s status.

The Celtics had a couple of injuries in Game 3:

• Marcus Smart had to be helped back to the locker room following a scary fall after contact with Kyle Lowry going for a rebound. While Smart returned to play there were questions about his status going forward. Ime Iudoka said after the game he did not have an update on Smart but expected he would play.

• Jayson Tatum suffered what Udoka called a stinger, but again is expected to play on Monday.

• Center Robert Williams III missed Game 3 for Boston due to knee soreness (the same knee he had surgery on) and Udoka said he will be truly day-to-day for the rest of the playoffs.