Tyler Herro Injury Update: Heat Sharpshooter To Miss Game 4 Of Eastern Conference Finals
Sixth Man of the Year Tyler Herro won’t suit up for Miami’s Eastern Conference Finals Game 4 matchup with the Boston Celtics. Herro came down with a hamstring injury that will prevent him from logging any minutes tonight.
After almost blowing a 25-point lead Saturday night, the Heat managed to take Game 3 on the road in Boston. The top-seeded Heat leads the series, two games to one, heading into tonight’s pivotal matchup. After scoring double figures in nine straight postseason games, Herro struggled immensely in Game 3, finishing with just eight points. It was the first time he failed to produce 10+ points since Game 5 of Miami’s first-round series against the Atlanta Hawks.
While Herro was decent from mid-range, he missed all six of his three-point attempts and converted just four of his 15 field-goal attempts on the evening.
Not only did Tyler Herro perform poorly but he was also forced out of the lineup late in Game 3 due to the injury that is preventing him from playing tonight. Not to mention, Heat superstar Jimmy Butler missed the second half of Game 3 against the Celtics. Miami was incredibly fortunate to still find a way to take the lead in this series. It was pure will and guts that resulted in the Heat taking a commanding 2-1 lead and fortunately, Butler is expected back for Game 4. That said, Miami’s three-point shooting and ability to space the floor takes a significant hit with Herro sidelined tonight. Expect to see a lot more of Victor Oladipo and a more-defined role for Duncan Robinson, another one of the league’s best three-point shooters.
No matter what happens tonight, Herro is hopeful to be ready for Game 5 back in Miami on Wednesday night.
Not only is Herro sidelined tonight but four of Miami’s five projected starters are considered game-time decisions (kyle Lowry, Max Strus, Jimmy Butler, and P.J. Tucker). That said, Boston has three projected starters who are also questionable for tonight’s critical contest. Jayson Tatum, Marcus Smart, and Robert Williams III are all listed as game-time decisions on Boston’s injury report. That said, I’d expect all game-time decisions to play due to the importance of this game. If the Heat wins a second consecutive road game in Boston, the 3-1 series deficit could be too much for the Celtics to overcome. On the flip side, if Boston can win Game 4 and hold serve, the series will be tied at two games apiece before heading back to Miami for Game 5.
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