Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports
Credit Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports

Heat starting forward P.J. Tucker departed Miami's Eastern Conference finals game against the Boston Celtics in the third quarter on Thursday due to a left knee contusion.

Player of the Game
Marcus  Smart
EFF
33
Marcus Smart
Points 24
Accuracy 8-22
Rebounds 9
Assists 12

The Heat announced a short time later that the 37-year-old veteran wouldn't return to Game 2 of the best-of-seven series.

Tucker had five points and four rebounds in 22 minutes before exiting.

Tucker contributed five points and six rebounds in 31 minutes during Miami's 118-107 victory in Game 1 on Tuesday.

Miami also played without point guard Kyle Lowry (left hamstring strain) for the eighth time in the past 10 games.

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Miami Heat
Boston Celtics
44%
38/86
Field goals
51%
43/84
51
Rebounds
46
21
Assists
28
4
Steals
8
29%
10/34
3-pointers
50%
20/40
3
Blocks
5

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11/18 FG
6/8 FT
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27 PTS
8/13 FG
7/7 FT
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6 DREB
3 OREB
Marcus  Smart
9 REB
7 DREB
2 OREB
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Marcus  Smart
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