Whenever he returns, possibly later in the NBA Finals, Tyler Herro will be greeted like a hero by the Heat.
But the 2022 Sixth Man of the Year won’t be ready in time for Game 1 against the Nuggets, trying to come back from a broken right hand he suffered in the first game of the opening round against the Bucks.
“I’m not a math guy, so I’m not good with percentages. He won’t play [Thursday]Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said Wednesday in Denver. “We don’t want to get ahead of ourselves right now. He’s just starting the process. We’ve got a few days here to keep working.”
“I can’t make any sort of announcement until he takes these next important steps, and he’s working with contact and more on court live. We’ll just see. We’ll see from the progress he makes.” Everyone is encouraged, but we want to remain responsible and make the best decisions. He’s not there yet.
Herro, who hasn’t played since April 16, fouled shots during practice on Wednesday and according to reports his return is targeted for next Wednesday for Game 3 of the series back in Miami.
He averaged 20.1 points, 5.4 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game in the regular season, while topping the league with a 93.4 free-throw percentage.
In 18 games after the season, the Heat shot an NBA-best 39.0 percent from 3-point range.
He finished the regular season 27th in the league on 34.4 shooting percentage, with Herro hitting a team-best .378 3-point percentage.
The duo of Duncan Robinson and Caleb Martin combined to shoot 44.2 percent from long range in the post-season, essentially a 10-point improvement from the regular season (34.3 percent).
When asked about the Heat being a “snake head” and giving confidence to his teammates, Jimmy Butler gave an apt answer:
Butler replied, “I’m never upset.” “Very calm, very consistent in everything I do. When my boys see it, they follow suit all the way, and I love that about them. They never waver. We enjoy We love when each other plays well. We are never the ones to rush.”
Nikola Jokic on the Nuggets being considered favorites in the series: “I think we are not the favorites. I think there are no favorites in the finals. It’s going to be the toughest game of our lives, and we know that. We are ready for it.”