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Miami Heat's Max Strus Starting In Place Of Jimmy Butler Tonight Against Boston Celtics

Butler is sidelined with back tightness against Celtics

Miami Heat guard Max Strus gets the start in place of the injured Jimmy Butler tonight against the Boston Celtics. 

Butler was ruled out shortly before the game because of back tightness. This marks the 25th start for Strus this season. 

Here's the game preview: 

Game time: 7:30 p.m., ET

Where: Miami-Dade Arena

TV: Bally Sports Sun

Betting line: -1.5

VITALS: The Miami Heat and Boston Celtics meet for the fourth and final matchup this regular season. So far this season, Boston holds a 2-1 series advantage. The Heat are 52-80 all-time versus the Celtics during the regular season, including 29-38 in home games and 23-42 in road games.. For the Heat, Nikola Jovic (back), Duncan Robinson (finger), Jimmy Butler (back) and Omer Yurtseven (ankle) are out. For the Celtics, Danilo Gallinari is (knee) is out.

PROJECTED STARTERS

HEAT

G Tyler Herro

G Kyle Lowry

C Bam Adebayo

F Max Strus

F Caleb Martin

CELTICS

F Jayson Tatum

F Al Horford

C Robert Williams

G Marcus Smart

G Derrick White

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Heat center Bam Adebayo on the rivalry with Celtics: "“Obviously before we were here, it’s history. And some people still carry that weight, and it’s one of those things that you just have to inherit. Some people just don’t get it, they don’t get it. But when the Celtics come in, we always try to make it a dogfight.”

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