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Gabe Vincent is BACK for Miami Heat but Malcolm Brogdon out for Boston Celtics before NBA playoff

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Gabe Vincent is back for the Miami Heat while Malcolm Brogdon is a late injury out for the Boston Celtics ahead of the huge NBA playoff game

Miami Heat guard Gabe Vincent was cleared to play Game 6 on Saturday night against the visiting Boston Celtics.

Vincent missed Miami’s 110-97 Game 5 loss at Boston on Thursday night with a sprained left ankle and was previously listed as questionable.

Celtics reserve guard Malcolm Brogdon will miss the contest with a right forearm injury.

Brogdon, the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year, has been downgraded from questionable to outcast.

The Heat lead 3-2 in the best of seven Eastern Conference Finals.

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Gabe Vincent will return for Miami Heat in time for Saturday’s game with the Boston Celtics

Kyle Lowry replaced Vincent in the starting lineup for Game 5 and finished with five points and four turnovers in 30 minutes.

Vincent briefly exited Tuesday’s 116-99 loss in Game 4 after suffering the injury, but came back and finished with 17 points and four assists in 28 minutes.

Vincent, 26, was one of Miami’s heroes in Sunday’s 128-102 win in Game 3, scoring a game-high 29 points on 11-of-14 shooting with six 3-pointers.

He averaged 9.4 points, 2.5 assists and 2.1 rebounds in 68 games (34 starts) during the regular season, his fourth in Miami. In 15 starts in the playoffs, he’s averaging 13.1 points and 4.1 assists.

Brogdon, 30, averaged 14.9 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.7 assists in 67 regular season games. He is averaging 12.6 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 18 playoff games off the bench.

Brogdon went scoreless for eight minutes in Game 5 before going out through injury.

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