Boston Celtics

Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat was a roller coaster. Of the many storylines to come out of the game, injuries were a big one.

Even before the game, the Celtics were dealt a blow when center Robert Williams was ruled out with left knee soreness. Then during the second half of the game, both Marcus Smart and Jayson Tatum had to leave the floor.

During his post game press conference, Tatum relayed what happened that caused him to leave the game. “My neck got caught in a weird position,” Tatum explained. “I felt some pain in discomfort in my neck and down my arm [pointing to his right shoulder]. I went to the back, got it checked on. Started to gain some feeling back, and got it checked by the doctors and ran some tests and decided to give it a go.”

Meanwhile, Smart had his ankle rolled up on while going for a rebound. He put no weight on his right leg while being helped off the floor. Despite the apparent severity of both injuries at the time, both Smart and Tatum returned to the game.

After the game, head coach Ime Udoka updated the media on the status of both players. He relayed that Marcus Smart had rolled his ankle, and called Tatum’s injury “a stinger.” Udoka added that he doesn’t expect either issue to be serious.

As for Williams – who has now missed seven of the Celtics’ 14 playoff games this year due to injuries – Udoka described him as “truly day-to-day.” Williams’ status for Game 4 will come down to how his knee responds to treatment and the extra time off he got from not playing in Game 3.

The Celtics weren’t the only team dealing with injuries to their starting lineup Saturday night. Miami star Jimmy Butler was pulled from the game at halftime with what the team called right knee soreness. Butler had eight points on 3-of-8 shooting in 20 minutes the first half.

After the game, Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra said that Butler’s knee would not require an MRI. Anthony Chiang of the Miami Herald is reporting that Butler’s injury “is not considered serious” and that he “could” be back in Game 4.

Spolestra didn’t have an update on sixth man Tyler Herro, who is dealing with a quad injury. Herro didn’t appear to suffer an injury during the game, but the 87 percent free throw shooter was not in the game for the final minute, which raised the question. He was spotted with an ice wrap on his on his leg after the game.

The teams will have a day off before returning to play in Game 4. That game tips off Monday night at TD Garden at 8:30 p.m., with pregame coverage beginning at 8 on 98.5 The Sports Hub and the 98.5 The Sports Hub Celtics Radio Network.