Tyler Herro diagnosed with Grade 2 ankle sprain

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Tyler Herro, the Heat’s leading scorer, suffered a Grade 2 ankle sprain Wednesday. (Image: Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports)

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.

The team has since confirmed the prognosis on Twitter/X.

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.”

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: Tyler Herro’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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SunManFromDogBone

Miami’s defense against Memphis was excellent. Jaquez is a very good defender who seems to fit perfectly with Bam, Butler and Lowry. He’s scrappy as hell, smothering, agile and physical. Throw Highsmith in there and that is one very good closing defense. See defensive highlights below.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sWjCX_4H55U

ManilaHeat

Maybe after a dozen games we get to see the bottom dwellers (wishing we are nowhere near it) and Pat can poach a good pg from them. Work ur magic Pat

Big_guy305

Maybe we can poach one from Detroit or the magic ,since they got too many.

ManilaHeat

Jaden Ivey! Maybe Monte Morris but he’s injured. Cade is impossible to get of course but who knows 🤔

Big_guy305

I would love to get ivey, Killian, or even Sasser, but yea we ain’t getting cade lol.

Last edited 5 months ago by Big_guy305
Deadsori(Vincent Quitoriano)

In my opinion, i want Miami to get a defensive minded playmaking type of guard that has”go with the flow”offense. For me, these players are the easiest to put on a system compare to a a offensive minded one. with this, we can probably decrease the points given up per game by backcourts while scoring less than the point given up. Hopefully we can trade one that is also good at switching.

Big_guy305

I would like to get one like that too, but those pg’s are hard to find, maybe a Caruso fits that description or Davion Mitchell from the kings. As well brogdon.

Last edited 5 months ago by Big_guy305
Reality czech

Caruso would be a great fit. Very feisty player/defender. But does he play pg?

Big_guy305

I think he does play pg, but he’s like combo guard, he played pg for bulls after Lonzo went down. Also he played pg when he was with the lakers.

Deadsori(Vincent Quitoriano)

He is no Lonzo but his playmaking had improved compare to his early lakers days.He is a good pg in pick and roll situation.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCD_I5Bh9uI

but what i am drooling is his defensive presence if we get him.it will be the ultimate pacification for me for missing out on Holiday.

https://www.reddit.com/r/nbadiscussion/comments/14mkd36/alex_caruso_defensive_dominance/

The amount of headaches that He,Caleb,Butler,HH and Bam will cause in defense will be tear of joy worthy

SunManFromDogBone

NEXT MAN UP!
The silver lining in Herro’s injury is that Spo will get a chance to see how other players perform. Jovic, Cain, Swider, Hampton, who knows. It may also open the door to pick someone up in a trade. As teams start to fade, keep an eye on players that may become available. I’m keeping a real close eye on Detroit. Caleb for Killian Hayes? Caleb and JRich for Monte Morris? First round pick for Marcus Sasser (2023 2nd round pick)?
GO HEAT!!!

Bout30man

Not many teams trade much at this time of year. Harder to do, but maybe not impossible, Won’t get a great player but just a good one would be fine. But, makes sense to hold off as long as possible. And maybe Herro’s injury will get us looking sooner. Probably everyone here wants an upgrade at guard, the only question is when.

SunManFromDogBone

If they can do it without giving up a rotation palyer, that would be great! I think Caleb is now expendable with the emergence of Highsmith and Guac-ez. The team only needs a good PG not necessarily a great one. Detroit has a couple on expiring contracts and the rookie, Sasser, who I also like.

MaxPain

Play Jovic and let him handle the ball for the 2nd unit, he’s a big who can handle, create and shoot.
We have the 2nd worse bench in the nba only the Spurs bench is worse.
Our bench has been an absolute eyesore to watch.
I have to go through a whole bottle of optrex whenever our bench is on the floor.
We need some more offensive creativity off the bench pronto.

heat for life

gonna take few injuries for jovic to hit the ct

Big_guy305

Caleb and herro are hurt, I can see jovic getting minutes in the near future, especially if jrich continues playing poorly, and if Thomas doesn’t match up well against the opp. Plus jjj will be playing more sf then pf ,which gives an opening in minutes for pf potentially.

ManilaHeat

Get well soon Ty! Very soon hopefully. Please? 😁😊

In games today…Clipps down 30+ with their big 4 vs Mavs. What do you think Kawhi and PG is thinking?

Reality czech

What a mess! Trade anyone not named Bam or Butler for Harden? No thanks.
Tucker has to be requesting a trade soon. I like him, but wouldn’t want him at this point.

Reality czech

Of course, the guy we really could’ve used was Jrue Holiday.

heat for life

average sixers trade harden now may be the team to beat in east.playoff clippers acquire harden there prob not going to make playoffs.

2qbn

Until Embiid can prove he can lead a team through the playoffs I won’t take them seriously. Go back and check and he always has some injury by the time the playoffs roll around. He’s not dependable and he doesn’t have the mental strength. Right after last years loss he said “James and I can’t do it by ourselves” blaming others. 76ers are soft because he is soft. Great regular season player though

SunManFromDogBone

Or Brogdon.

ManilaHeat

That sounds like a desperation call suggesting a trade for harden. What’s funny is this early in the season punching that panic button and wanting a head case

Big_guy305

I’m glad we didn’t trade for harden, sixers looking way better without him. Pj can go kick rocks, he left us, so he can stay over there on the bench lol.

Big_guy305

Herro being out will be a blow to our already bottom of the league offense. I hope you get well soon Tyler. Now next man up and time for our younger players to get more pt. The next 6 games, I would love if we can go 5-1, but realistically… I say we go 4-2.

Bout30man

Well, I guess I am the one who worries the most at times like this. Of the thirteen games listed,: 1) we don’t get some serious contributions from either Dru, RJ or to a lesser extent Cain, 2) and if Caleb doesn’t return or anyone else gets injured (and all are susceptible), and 3) if we make no trades, it is conceivable that we go 2-11 over that timeframe.
None of the contingencies listed above are impossible, in fact some are likely. If I was GM, I would wait three games to see how we fare, and I would have a trade ready to go. I am just saying this in real time, not after the fact, as our GM tends to mostly stand “pat” in recent years, and that could be a disaster.
I apologize to my fellow posters for the negativity, but I am concerned.

Big_guy305

It’s ok….I understand what you’re saying and all of that is possible, but I try to stay in the moment. We got 3 wins a row and haven’t lost in awhile. Honestly I think we can get some good enough contributions from dru,Rj,Cain,jovic,swider,orob, and however else. You know why? Because spo is the best coach when it comes to maximizing there abilities. I understand fully about Riley’s recent history, and do think we still need a trade. But winning and losing will determine, how long it takes for us to make a trade. Im not concerned yet, but if we lose multiple games to teams that aren’t better then us, and continue 4th quarter blown leads…Then I will be. But anyways like I said try to stay in the moment because that other stuff will stress you out trust me.

Bout30man

Good points. I feel a little better just being able to express it. My concern over these last two years has always been about Jimmy. He deserves a title. He carried us so far. I believe this is likely his last chance with us.
Otherwise, it’s the NBA, you’re always just a few players from being good. And, we will have the Spo advantage moving forward. Despite the occasional SpoScratcher, I am one who also believes he is amongst the best.

Big_guy305

Lol everything you said I totally agree with…and glad you feeling better, after expressing yourself. At the end of the day, we all want the same thing, which is giving Jimmy a well deserved title.

vagibugi

I m with you in this, but only for backcourt rotation. We have a lot of quality and a lot of players in frontcourt, but backcourt is now 37 old Lowry, which had the first good game this season against Memphis, JRich, who should sit right now, and Dru.

True, Bam, Butler, and even Jaime and Dunc can make plays, but that is just not enough.

Bout30man

I agree.

Reality czech

I’m with Big Guy on this. Everything you point out is possible and might happen. Certain things need to come together – players stepping up, staying healthy, possible reasonable trade later in the season. The Heat have landed on their feet in the last few years. Hopefully, they’ll do so again.

Bout30man

Hope Ty gets back soon. It’s going to hurt us. But I am hoping Dru or RJ gets a long look to see if they can soften the blow. JRich drives well, but is limited otherwise. He can help a little though, but not enough. Better to see if Dru or RJ have some upside. Also time to play Cain more, not to replace Ty, but just to give us more options. Time to see if any of these players belong. It could be a blessing in disguise if someone steps up.

SunManFromDogBone

Richardson is shooting 30.3% FG and 18.8% 3-pt. His is a 42.7% FG and 36.4% career 3-pt shooter. Something has to give or he will be riding the bench. Spo can’t wait long before pursuing other options.

Big_guy305

With jrich not playing so good, I would definitely love to see the younger players getting more pt. Dru is better pg then jrich and I think he’s shooting the 3 ball at a 40 percent clip. Rj is a former first round pick with some good length and good potential. Also Cain is a really good rebounder with a good inside out game, and probably the 3rd or 4th most athletic player on the team.

Reality czech

I like the idea of giving minutes to Dru and Hampton. Since we lost our best 3 point shooter, I still feel it’d be best to have Swider coming off the bench.

Big_guy305

We just might have to give them more minutes, since our guard depth is low. Honestly I agree with you about swider, but Idk if we will see him anytime soon, unless we get more injuries.

SunManFromDogBone

Rotation players:
Lowry, DRobinson, Butler, Highsmith, Bam,
Smith, Richardson, Jaquez, Love, Bryant,
(Jovic, ORobinson, Cain, Swider, Hampton on deck/at Sioux Falls)
Martin & Herro (Injured. Returns TBD)
Next few weeks should be wild.
GO HEAT!!!

Big_guy305

Jovic should be included in the rotation with herro out and jrich playing badly.

SunManFromDogBone

I think Spo will give JRich a little more time because of his defense.

Big_guy305

Yes you’re probably right because spo is stubborn and rides with guy’s until the wheels fall off.

SunManFromDogBone

He didn’t give up on Duncan. Now look at him. More skilled than before. He’s your Herro replacement on starting unit. Now we need someone to replace him on second unit (Swider?). If JRich doesn’t come around soon, Smith or Hampton may his be his second unit replacement until Herro gets back.

Big_guy305

That’s true, but you forgot the most important thing…Duncan was in this system for his whole career, and jrich was not. Jrich got traded to multiple teams and I think that either stagnated him or ruined him….we shall see about him really soon. I would be down with swider off the bench, like what Czech said. Also I agree with you about Smith and Hampton being jrich replacement’s, if he continues playing poorly.

oregoner

Since we’re about 10% of the way into the season, I figured I would rank these players based on how I feel about them this season. To be clear, this is just about how I feel about them through 8 games, and not how i feel about them overall.

  1. Bam. That dude has been great on both end of the floor. He literally does everything. Score. Play D. Set Screens. Pass. Get rebounds, then run the fast break. Outplay the other teams Center. That dude is awesome
  2. Herro. Easy call. He’s been the best player on offense and an improved defender. Passing is also improved.
  3. Butler. He looks lethargic and disinterested. And you know what, he’s earned it. He’s had some good stretches. I’m fine with him coasting for three quarters, but I would like to see him take over in the fourth
  4. Hi-May. He’s like a rookie Shane Battier that needs to work on his jump shot. Otherwise, he always makes the right decision. he plays defense, he rebounds, he boxes out, he passes well. If he’s a Heat lifer, I’m happy.
  5. Duncan. If his defense was better, he’d be top-3.
  6. T. Bryant. I love that dude
  7. Highsmith. I love that dude too.
  8. Lowry. I think he’s played really well and he’s barely in the top-8. This team is deep.
  9. Honarable Mention for the Youngsters. Cain, Jovic, and Dru Smith have all shown that they have game. At some point midseason, some vets will get buried on the bench and those dudes will get some burn. I think they’re all pretty good.
  10. The inured dudes, K-Love and Caleb. Those were supposed to be our two starting Forwards! We’re still .500 without them, so that’s cool.
  11. J-Rich is last. He just had a hillaroius plus/minus last game against the Grizzlies. Go look it up. Matches the eye test. I’m fine with letting that dude play six minutes per half, but there is no reason he should ever be on the court in the fourth quarter. Every minute he’s on the floor, I’m waiting for him to get taken out. He’s the guard version of Cody Zeller
Alaska Emily

If Duncan would just get cornrows, he could be #1.

Last edited 5 months ago by Alaska Emily
SunManFromDogBone

How about Guac-ez in cornrolls?

2qbn

Wow Guac-ez in cornrolls? Call the commish. ROY already decided if that were to happen 😉

oregoner

UD(uncan)

ZechMerquise

i wonder who will be inserted into the starting lineup now. I really hope they consider 2 big rotation : lowry, jimmy, duncan, bam, bryant

Big_guy305

That lineup doesn’t have enough spacing, I’d rather they do Lowry, duncan,butler, HH, and bam.

ManilaHeat

Bam and Jimmy should get those 3s that Ty usually takes 😂🤣
But seriously get well the soonest Herro. Next man up.

ZechMerquise

All things considered, at best we could go 6-7 on that 13 games without Herro. There is no real contender (aside from the bucks) on that stretch of games

heat for life

.get well soon ty your scoring will be missed .we need u on the ct your getting hurt to much btw ud hired by nba tv

2qbn

That sucks but looked worse. This is an opportunity for others to get playing time and provide support to this team. It could help in the long run if this leads to guts like RJ and/or Cain getting pt once they’re healthy

Alien

Agree. Unfortunately, one man’s adversity is an opportunity for another. You loose a coin on the street, is an opportunity for a homeless guy to have a drink. Such is life.

Alien

Praying that Herro heals faster. Sad event indeed for the young man, after all the uncertainty of trade rumors that he went through with this summer. He has played tough and well for the Heat in all the games this so far this season.

Reality czech

I’ve read in several articles that it will be ‘several’ weeks at least. I expect him to be out 4-6 weeks. After such a positive start, it’s a real shame.
Swider man to the rescue?

vagibugi

Important part of Tylers game was penetrating the rim. We cant replace that with anybody in the rooster.

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