An MRI revealed Thursday that Miami Heat guard Tyler Herro suffered a Grade 2 ankle sprain in Wednesday’s 108-102 win over the Memphis Grizzlies, according to Anthony Chiang of the Miami Herald.
According to Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Herro will be in a walking boot for 10 days and re-evaluated in two weeks.
MRI shows Heat guard Tyler Herro suffered a Grade 2 ankle sprain, according to a league source. He’ll be re-evaluated in a few weeks.
Positive news, considering it could have been much worse.
— Anthony Chiang (@Anthony_Chiang) November 9, 2023
it is a Grade 2 ankle sprain for Tyler Herro. He will be in a walking boot for 10 days, then re-evaluated in two weeks.
— Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) November 9, 2023
The team has since confirmed the prognosis on Twitter/X.
INJURY UPDATE: Tyler Herro has been diagnosed with a Grade 2 ankle sprain. He will be in a walking boot for 10 days and will be re-evaluated in 2 weeks.
We will have a better idea of his return to play after 2 week re-evaluation.
— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) November 9, 2023
Herro badly rolled his right ankle towards the end of the first quarter. He was attempting a floater over Jaren Jackson Jr., incidentally landing on Jackson’s left foot as he was coming down.
“It was unfortunate,” Herro said after Wednesday’s win, finishing the evening with six points, one rebound, two assists and one steal on 2-of-4 shooting, including 2-of-3 from the free-throw line. “Just unfortunate to land on his foot. Obviously I don’t feel the best, but imma get better.
“I heard some crunches and cracks in my ankle and I’m like ‘yeah, that’ll be it.’ So, I actually told the bench like, ‘I’m done.’ … It’s unfortunate, but I’m just going to continue to work hard. I’ve been through this injury stuff before and imma keep working.”
Tyler Herro will not return to tonight’s game (right ankle sprain).
Here’s another look at how the injury occurred. pic.twitter.com/M2XdPo9nLq
— Bally Sports Sun: HEAT (@BallyHEAT) November 9, 2023
“Obviously probably a couple weeks…
…I heard some crunches and cracks in my ankle and I’m like ‘yeah, that’ll be it.’ So, I actually told the bench like ‘I’m done.'”
— Bally Sports Florida & Bally Sports Sun (@BallySportsFL) November 9, 2023
Herro being re-evaluated in two weeks likely means he could miss at least the next four weeks for precautionary measures, while also allowing time for Herro to ramp up if the proper boxes are checked after that two-week evaluation.
Here is Miami’s slate for the next four weeks, for perspective:
- @ Hawks (11/11)
- @ Spurs (11/12)
- @ Hornets (11/14) — In-Season Tournament
- v. Nets (11/16)
- @ Bulls (11/18)
- @ Bulls (11/20)
- @ Cavaliers (11/22)
- @ Knicks (11/24) — In-Season Tournament
- @ Nets (11/25)
- v. Bucks (11/28) — In-Season Tournament
- v. Pacers (11/30)
- v. Pacers (12/2)
- @ Hornets (12/11)
**Heat will play at least two games from Dec. 3 to Dec. 9, though those are TBD due to the in-season tournament schedule**
We could be looking at an early-to-mid December return date for Herro, barring any setbacks.
Amid Miami’s sluggish start offensively to begin the 2023-24 season, Herro’s been a revelation for the Heat offense. He was leading the team in scoring (25.3 PPG) on 44.6/41.0/90.9 shooting splits entering the evening, in addition to 5.6 rebounds and 5.0 assists.
According to Cleaning The Glass, the Heat’s offense with Herro on the floor in halfcourt situations is scoring 94.2 points per 100 plays, which places it in the 44th percentile; though it ranks in the 6th percentile (85.4 points per 100 plays) in the halfcourt with him off the floor.
If you would like to broaden the scope to all non-garbage time situations, Miami’s offense is tallying 96.0 points per 100 possessions (0th percentile) with Herro off the floor versus the 111.1 points (44th percentile) with him on. CTG’s on-off numbers present the biggest difference in terms of total offense (+15.2 points added per 100 plays; 93rd percentile) and halfcourt offense (+8.8; 79th percentile).
The Heat’s effective field goal percentage spikes up a team-most 6.3 percentage points (87th percentile) with the third-highest NET differential (+11.4) when he’s on the floor versus when he’s off as well.
In short: He’s been really important to this Heat’s offense, and now it will need ancillary production from Jimmy Butler, Bam Adebayo, Kyle Lowry, Duncan Robinson and Josh Richardson, among plenty of others to fill in during Tyler’s absence with eight of the next nine games coming on the road.
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