For those of you who have been looking for a Tyler Herro update, Anthony Chiang of the Miami Herald reported that Herro is still at least one week away from returning to the lineup.
Herro has been out since the November 8 game in Memphis against the Grizzlies, where he suffered a pretty serious ankle sprain. He landed on a defender’s foot on a shot attempt and his ankle completely went sideways, as he fell to the ground immediately and grimaced in pain.
His veteran teammates Kevin Love and Kyle Lowry both helped walk him back into the locker room shortly after. Herro was limping significantly and couldn’t put any weight on the ankle.
The 5th year 23 year old, who will turn 24 shortly after the new year, deemed that night that he sees this injury keeping him out at least 2 weeks. However, today marks 3 full weeks since the injury took place.
Luckily, as of this week, it seems like Herro has finally been getting shots up again late after practices with coaches. The starting shooting guard is expected to be out at least another full week after he got his ankle re-evaluated recently.
Anthony Chiang noted that:
“The expectation is Herro will miss at least another week before returning to game action after his ankle was re-evaluated over the weekend.”
It is nice to finally see an update on the Herro injury, and at least see he is making progress. The injury was very unfortunate for him, who went into the season with a lot to prove.
The Miami Heat are coming fresh off a historic 8 seed NBA Finals run without barely any help from Herro. He went down with a season ending broken hand in game 1 of the first round of the playoffs in Milwaukee against the Bucks.
Following that, Herro saw himself in loads of NBA trade rumors all summer long. Yet, he has remained on the team and was statistically putting up the best season of his short NBA career so far before this sprained ankle took place.
Ankle sprains are undoubtedly the most common injury in the entire sport of basketball (look at Jimmy Butler who has also been out the last couple of games with an ankle tweak), so this should not be an injury for Herro that should raise much long-term concern from Heat fans.
Also with it being still so early, it is absolutely important for Herro or any of the guys necessarily to not rush back from any injuries.
In the 8 games that Herro has played in this season, it’s looked like he has made significant improvement in his all-around game.
For the first time in Herro’s 5 year Miami stint, he looks super motivated specifically on the defensive end. He has been very active in all the passing lanes and has clearly made it a point to get better with his one-on-one defense too.
Factor that into his jump in PPG and shooting numbers, it is clear that the young man is dedicated to the game and poised to continually keep getting better as time goes by.
For the 2023-2024 season, Tyler Herro is averaging 22.9 PPG, 5.0 RPG and 4.6 APG on 45% shooting and 41% from 3-point range. He has also averaged 88% from the free throw line to go along with 1.4 SPG.
Small sample size, but the points, steals, assists and both field goal percentage and 3-point percentage are career highs.
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