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NBA - US Sports: Heat star Butler ready to play in Game 4

Miami Heat talisman Jimmy Butler will be available to play in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals series against Boston Celtics according to multiple sources.

Miami hold a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series and they are 9/4 to win Game 4 in Boston in the Money Line, while the Heat can be backed at 3/1 to go all the way and win the NBA Championship outright.

Knee woes a worry for Butler

Butler managed just 19 minutes in Game 3 and didn't feature in the second half due to inflammation on his right knee.

The forward has been dealing with the issue throughout the post-season and missed a game in the first-round series with Atlanta Hawks as a result.

The 32-year-old is rated as questionable ahead of the fourth meeting with the Celtics on Monday at TD Garden but he reportedly intends to play.

Butler has starred for Miami throughout the play-offs and averages 28.1 points-per-game, 7.2 rebounds and 4.2 assists and it would be a huge boost for the team if he were available on Monday as they seek to take a 3-1 lead ahead of Game 5 at home.

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Miami do have a number of other injury issues to contend with, however, with Kyle Lowry, Max Strus, Gabe Vincent (all hamstring), P.J. Tucker (knee) and Tyler Herro (groin) all listed on their injury report.

All five of those players were involved in Game 3 as Lowry made his series debut and just his sixth appearance of the post-season, but the veteran guard may have to sit out again on Monday as he continues to manage his hamstring issue.

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