Heat's Butler leaves Game 3 with knee injury

by Gordon Dixon - Miami Heat swingman Jimmy Butler left Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals because of right knee inflammation after scoring eight points in 20 minutes.

Heat's Butler leaves Game 3 with knee injury

Miami Heat's Jimmy Butler leaves Game 3 of Eastern Conference finals with knee inflammation 10:15 PM ET Nick FriedellESPN Staff Writer Close Nick Friedell is the Chicago Bulls beat reporter for ESPN Chicago. Friedell is a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and joined ESPNChicago.com for its launch in April 2009. BOSTON -- Miami Heat swingman Jimmy Butler will not return to Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Celtics because of right knee inflammation. The Heat made the announcement just after the start of the third quarter. It is unclear when Butler suffered the injury, but he did not warm up for the second half with the rest of his teammates. Butler also missed Game 5 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals against the Atlanta Hawks with the same injury, after hurting the knee in Game 4 of the same series. Since returning at the start of the next series against the Philadelphia 76ers , Butler has been a force for the Heat on both ends of the floor. Butler scored eight points and grabbed three rebounds in 20 minutes before exiting Saturday's game.