Heat vs Celtics Game 6 Injury Report: SIC Player Health Rankings

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May 25, 2022; Miami, Florida, USA; Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler (22) drives to the basket between
May 25, 2022; Miami, Florida, USA; Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler (22) drives to the basket between / Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports

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As the Eastern Conference Finals has progressed, the injury report has steadily grown.

Ahead of Game 6, with the Celtics up 3-2, our panel of Pro Basketball Docs break down who to be concerned about and who to trust:

P.J. Tucker SIC Score 89

The gritty, veteran defender has had a host of injury issues throughout the playoffs. The latest of which, left knee irritation, is not much of a concern for the Pro Basketball Docs. He will play his usual minutes and shouldn't be limited on either end of the floor.

Jimmy Butler SIC Score 83

Butler has not looked like himself since missing the second half of Game 3 with right knee inflammation. He also missed Game 5 of the series against the Hawks with the same issue, but this recent flare up is more concerning. It's not exactly clear what knee ailment he's dealing with, but he has been inconsistent on the offensive end since Game 3.

Marcus Smart SIC Score 82

The Defensive Player of the Year missed Game 4 with a right ankle sprain he suffered in the previous game, but returned in Game 5 and looked to be moving better. He will still have limited mobility on both ends of the floor, but is now a full five days removed from the initial injury.

Robert Williams III SIC Score 80

Williams will likely play through his left knee soreness in Game 6, although his minutes will continue to be restricted. He has been extremely effective in his limited action, finishing last game with 6 points, 10 rebounds, 3 blocks and a steal in 26 minutes. Expect him to play similar minutes tonight.

Max Strus SIC Score 64

Miami's sharpshooting guard has not had his shooting touch lately and that might be related to his lingering right hamstring strain. He's still getting consistent minutes, but the Heat may turn to Duncan Robinson or Caleb Martin if Strus' shooting woes continue early in the game.

Kyle Lowry SIC Score 51

Lowry's hamstring injury continues to be a story line as the Heat face elimination. He finished Game 5 with 0 points, 0 assists and 1 rebound in 24 minutes. It's clear he's not 100% and Gabe Vincent, who is dealing with a minor hamstring strain of his own, has been the better point guard in the series. Expect increased minutes from Vincent in Game 6.

Tyler Herro SIC Score 46

The Sixth Man of the Year is dealing with a severe left groin strain that caused him to miss Game 5. If it were the regular season, he would likely be out 2-4 weeks. His low SIC player health score reflects how hard it is to play through a groin strain for a shot creator. If he plays, he will have limited ability to beat players off the dribble and get open off the ball.

Check out the Court View and team SIC Health Scores below:

The SIC Health Score is a proprietary numerical injury grading system that incorporates the health of team and individual players to give sports bettors and DFS players an edge. While it purposely doesn't take into account coaching, schemes or matchups, SIC Scores give an accurate assessment of team/player overall health heading into a game.

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