How long is Jimmy Butler out? Knee injury timeline, return date, latest updates on Heat star

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Fans of the Heat wanted the Celtics. They now have them. South Beach will play Boston, so Miami will have to do it without Jimmy Butler. Butler will be a fan for South Beach.  

During the time leading up to the Heat securing the final playoff position in the Eastern Conference, they were left with broken hearts on two separate occasions.   

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Later on, the injury bug ripped a major chunk out of their heart and soul, as if the painful loss they suffered to the 76ers wasn't enough.  

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Even though they didn't have their best player, the Heat still beat the Bulls by 21 points in the final round of the Play-In Tournament.  

The Heat always seem to find a way to beat any challenge, but beating the top-seeded Celtics might be too much to ask.  

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For what length of time will the Heat be unable to utilise Butler's services? A recent update on his knee injury is as follows.   

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A damaged right medial collateral ligament (MCL) has caused Butler to miss time from the team's Play-In game against the Bulls, as was confirmed by the franchise.   

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The injury occurred as a consequence of a tumble that occurred during the first quarter of the game versus the 76ers.  

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Butler was attempting to beat the buzzer. The Heat star was left in a great deal of discomfort as a result of a collision with Kelly Oubre Jr., which he continued to fight through for the remainder of the night.   

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Butler finished the game, even though he was clearly hurt. Miami lost 105–104, which meant they had to play Chicago in a win-or-go-home game.  

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"I fell, he landed, and I guess my knee just didn't do well," Butler said after the game. "I'm not sure." There's something bad about it, I can tell you that.  

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Players and fans of the Heat had to hold their breath as Butler went for an MRI, which didn't make things better for the team going forward.  

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Butler missed Game 1 against the Celtics and may not return for the first round.I can't believe Jimmy Butler played three quarters with a significant MCL sprain. "He won't return to this series," Shams Charania of The Athletic said Monday.  

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