Tyler Herro Not Yet Cleared to Shoot After Brace Removal from Surgically Repaired Hand
According to Allie LaForce of TNT, Miami Heat guard Tyler Herro has had the brace removed from his surgically repaired right hand, but he has not yet been cleared to shoot with that hand. Herro has not played since Game 1 of the Eastern Conference first round against the Milwaukee Bucks on April 16. In that game, he scored 12 points in 19 minutes before he was injured diving for a loose ball just before halftime.
The Heat have managed to overcome Herro’s absence and advance to the Eastern Conference Finals, winning the first two games of the series against the Boston Celtics on the road. The third game will be played at home on Sunday.
Herro’s initial recovery timeline was set at four to six weeks, and he had hoped to return this postseason if the Heat advanced. The NBA Finals are scheduled to begin on June 1.
Since Herro’s injury, forward Kevin Love has started the 12 games, including Sunday’s game against the Celtics, and averaged 19.6 minutes and 6.3 points per game. Caleb Martin has also been contributing 12 points in 28.2 minutes per game since then.
During the regular season, Herro was Miami’s third-leading scorer with an average of 20.1 points per game.
The Heat eliminated the No. 1 seed Bucks in the first round and the New York Knicks in the second round before facing the Celtics. Game 4 of the series is scheduled for Tuesday at Miami. If necessary, Game 5 will be played at Boston on Thursday, with Game 6 scheduled at Miami on May 27 and Game 7 at Boston on May 29.
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