Jimmy Butler was allowed back into the Miami Heat roster on Saturday, just in time for him to play in Game 3 of his team’s Eastern Conference semifinal series against the New York Knicks.
Butler sprained his right ankle with about five minutes left in Miami’s Game 1 win. He didn’t play in Game 2 on Tuesday, when New York ended the series.
In the six playoffs so far this season, Butler is averaging 35.5 points on 59% shots, with 6.8 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game. Butler had a career-high 56-point attempt against Milwaukee in Game 4 of Round 1, followed by a burst of 42 points two nights later when the Heat eliminated the top seed eight Bucks.
Butler entered Saturday as the No 2 scorer in this season’s knockout stages, trailing only Phoenix’s Devin Booker – who is averaging 36.9 points and overtaking Butler to take the top spot. table after scoring 47 points in the Suns’ win over Denver on Friday night.
The Heat knocked Udonis Haslem out of Game 3 due to stomach problems. Miami is also missing Victor Oladipo (knee) and Tyler Herro (hand).