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Heat Expecting Jimmy Butler to Play Game 4



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The Miami Heat are looking to continue their surprising run in the NBA Playoffs and build on their 2-1 series lead over the New York Knicks to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals, but they will need their franchise player to play.

Heat superstar Jimmy Butler hurt his ankle during Game 1 but he managed to play the entire game. However, the injury sidelined Butler for Game 2. Butler would return for Game 3 but is now listed as questionable by Miami for Game 4,

According to Ira Winderman of The South Florida Sun Sentinel, Butler is expected to play in Game 4.

“Heat listing Butler (ankle) and Martin (back) as questionable for Monday, with the expectation both will play, as they did Saturday with the same listing” the report said. “Herro and Oladipo still out. Haslem (illness) and Highsmith (knee) probable. Zeller (nasal fracture) available.”

The Heat are hoping that Butler can pick up where he left off in Game 3, when he finished with a game-high 28 points, four rebounds, three assists and two blocked shots to lead the Heat to a victory.

Butler has been averaging a playoff career-high 34.4 points per game, 6.4 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 1.6 steals during the playoffs.

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