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PJ Tucker expected to play in Game 3 vs. Celtics


Chris Haynes: The swelling in left knee of Miami Heat forward P.J. Tucker has subsided, allowing him to bypass an MRI and he intends to be available for Game 3 tomorrow against Boston Celtics, league sources tell @YahooSports, @NBAonTNT.
Source: Twitter @ChrisBHaynes

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Joe Vardon @joevardon
The Heat say Kyle Lowry (hamstring) is questionable to play in Game 3 Saturday against Boston. Big news, as he’s yet to play in the conference finals and has missed the last four games. PJ Tucker (knee) is also questionable. – 5:38 PM

Jay King @ByJayKing
Kyle Lowry and PJ Tucker are both questionable for Game 3, per the Heat. – 5:20 PM

Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
Kyle Lowry upgraded to questionable for game 3
PJ Tucker also questionable – 5:17 PM

Tim Reynolds @ByTimReynolds
Kyle Lowry and PJ Tucker both listed as questionable for Game 3. – 5:15 PM

Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
The entire Heat roster is traveling to Boston, including Kyle Lowry and PJ Tucker. An injury report is expected later. – 1:29 PM

Wes Goldberg @wcgoldberg
Here’s the play where PJ Tucker hurt his left knee. You can see him grab at it after closing out on Horford. And we clearly limited for the remainder of the first half. pic.twitter.com/I63ng8lHbf11:06 AM

Joe Vardon @joevardon
‘They set out to embarrass us. They did embarrass us.’ Jimmy Butler sounds off after Celtics destroyed his Heat in Game 2; PJ Tucker to seek MRI on his knee @The Athletic theathletic.com/news/celtics-h…12:03 AM

Tim Reynolds @ByTimReynolds
Dr. Butler says he believes PJ Tucker will be all right. – 11:45 PM

Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
Putting everybody’s recency bias aside from tonight
This Heat team NEEDS PJ Tucker on this run
That’ll be the focus now – 11:30 PM

Tim Reynolds @ByTimReynolds
Spo said PJ Tucker insists that he’ll be good to go. He’ll be evaluated again tomorrow, of course. – 11:21 PM

Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
PJ Tucker is out for the game with a left knee contusion – 10:23 PM

JD Shaw @JShawNBA
Heat forward PJ Tucker (knee contusion) will not return to Game 2 tonight. – 10:23 PM

Tim Reynolds @ByTimReynolds
PJ Tucker (left knee) out for rest of tonight. – 10:23 PM

Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
Looks like Jayson Tatum got poked in the eye by PJ Tucker on that last drive, or hit near his eye. He was grabbing at it during that entire exchange. – 9:44 PM

Jay King @ByJayKing
Now Grant Williams did the “too small” gesture after scoring over PJ Tucker lol. – 9:44 PM

Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Grant Williams hitting PJ Tucker with the too small is a glitch in the matrix – 9:43 PM

Mark Murphy @Murf56
Rather rough start for Rob Williams, including getting beat by PJ Tucker for an offensive rebound and foul. – 8:59 PM

Jay King @ByJayKing
PJ Tucker being super aggressive so far. Celtics are going to have Robert Williams on him with this starting lineup and he’s tried to make a couple of plays off the bounce already. – 8:49 PM

Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
The PJ Tucker scoring display? – 8:47 PM

Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP
Celtics at Heat – FTX Arena – May 19, 2022 – East Finals Game 2 Starters
Boston – Smart, Brown, Tatum, Horford, R. Williams
Miami – Gabe Vincent, Max Strus, Jimmy Butler, PJ Tucker, Bam Adebayo
OUT: Boston: White, Hauser Miami: Lowry pic.twitter.com/uxv2ycZjaW8:13 PM

Wes Goldberg @wcgoldberg
I’ll again be helping with Heat coverage for the @MiamiHerald tonight, along with @Barry Jackson and @Anthony Chiang. ICYMI, wrote about PJ Tucker after Game 1. miamiherald.com/sports/nba/mia…1:03 PM

Wes Goldberg @wcgoldberg
my favorite exchange from last night in which i got PJ Tucker to finally admit that there is a genie in the Heat’s locker room, as we all suspected. pic.twitter.com/TPmDPlKrSu7:52 PM

Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
Some more PJ Tucker-Jimmy Butler antics… pic.twitter.com/oRBuQvU2QW3:21 PM

Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
PJ Tucker on this playoff run defensively:
– Held Trae Young to 29% shooting along with 6 turnovers
– Joel Embiid shot 20% when he switched onto him
– Forced James Harden into 8 turnovers when he was defending
– Jayson Tatum starts off this series 0 of 3 with 2 turnovers – 10:42 AM

Scott Cacciola @ScottCacciola
After turning his ankle, PJ Tucker spent the rest of the game trudging around the court like a dump truck with a flat tire. His impact, though, was enormous: nytimes.com/2022/05/18/spo…10:21 AM

Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
Jayson Tatum with PJ Tucker defending in game 1:
0 of 3 shooting
2 turnovers
The 0 makes isn’t the impressive part
The fact he only took 3 shots when he was on him is the wild part – 10:10 AM

More on this storyline

Ira Winderman: As we wait, been told reason for optimism with PJ Tucker. Official injury report by 5:30 p.m. (ish). -via Twitter @IraHeatBeat / May 20, 2022

Tim Reynolds: PJ Tucker, Kyle Lowry (and every other Heat player) are on the plane to Boston today. -via Twitter @ByTimReynolds / May 20, 2022

Chris Haynes: Miami Heat forward PJ Tucker will undergo an MRI on his left knee tomorrow morning, league sources tell @YahooSports. -via Twitter @ChrisBHaynes / May 20, 2022

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