The Miami Heat will be without guard Tyler Herro for the next two weeks after an MRI revealed a Grade 2 ankle sprain. Herro sustained the injury during a victory against the Memphis Grizzlies and will be reevaluated in two weeks.
The former NBA Sixth Man of the Year had been having a standout season, averaging a career-high 22.9 points, 4.6 assists, and 1.4 steals per game. He also had career-best shooting percentages of 44.7% from the floor and 41% from 3-point range.
This isn’t the first time Herro has dealt with an injury. He missed most of last year’s playoffs after fracturing his shooting hand at the start of the 2023 NBA playoffs. Despite his absence, the Heat still secured a spot in the NBA Finals, but ultimately fell to the Denver Nuggets.
With Herro sidelined, the Heat will rely on Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo to pick up the scoring slack. Veteran guard Josh Richardson and sharpshooter Duncan Robinson will also play increased roles in the backcourt.
Despite the injury, the Heat have managed to turn around their season after a 1-4 start, winning their last five games. Their recent form has seen them rise to the third seed in the Eastern Conference.
Looking ahead, the Heat are listed at +4000 odds to win the 2023-24 NBA Championship and +1600 to win back-to-back Eastern Conference titles, although they face stiff competition from the likes of the Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks.
On the court, the Heat are focused on their upcoming game against the Charlotte Hornets and will look to continue their winning streak. Rookie forward Jaime Jaquez has stepped up in Herro’s absence and will play a key role in the Heat’s lineup moving forward.