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Miami Heat Star “Pushing Really Hard” for Shock Return: Insider

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Miami Heat star Tyler Herro was ruled out of Game 4 against the Celtics thanks to a premature groin injury and, of course, his presence was sorely missed. On a night when Jimmy Butler had just six points, Miami had to drive Victor Oladipo to an 82-point result (a loss of 20 points).

Miami could be even tighter also in Game 5 as the club lists Herro (groin), Kyle Lowry (hamstring), Max Strus (hamstring), PJ Tucker (knee). and Gabe Vincent (hamstring) doubtful to participate. Jimmy Butler is not on the injury report.

As for Herro, there are growing concerns that he could be off duty for a while, which of course doesn’t bode well for the Heat’s title chances. However, no team in the association has exemplified the “next man up” mentality like the South Beach crew.

Additionally, a new report has revealed that the sixth NBA Man of 2022 is desperate to return to the court and help the Heat get past the Beantowners.

ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne came forward on Tuesday with the latest information on Herro’s groin injury. And while she said he’s likely to stay on the shelf for several weeks, the league insider went on to reveal he’s trying to force his way back onto the pitch.

“From what I’ve been told, this is an injury – this groin injury that he has – that would normally put him out two to four weeks if this were the regular season, but he’s really pushing to play in the next game either or the game after, because he just wants to be out there,” Shelburne told NBA Today.

Still, the team is determined to play it safe with Herro – whether he approves of the move or not.

“We’ll see who wins this fight here, but Erik Spoelstra alluded to that when he was talking about it the other day. He said: “We have to make the decision for him. Our coaches don’t think that’s a good idea. We’ll call him every day,'” Shelburne said. “But there’s a little going on behind the scenes.”

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Though Butler and Bam Adebayo remain the cornerstones, one could argue that Herro was Miami’s regular-season MVP. The Baller averaged more points (1,367) than any other Heat player and was often the tip of the javelin on offense at the stretch, posting a team-best 5.6 points per fourth quarter.

However, it was a different story during the postseason, especially in recent competitions.

In his last eight playoff games, Herro has averaged just 12.5 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game. Along the way, he hit on a paltry 20% of his attempts from three-point range and posted the third-worst defensive rating of the Heat at 115.6.


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