Heat’s sixth man Tyler Herro proves his doubters wrong


Tyler Herroz

Tyler Herroz
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The Miami Heat has been out of touch lately, holding an 8-2 record in their last 10 games. Amid their hot streak, the Heat have taken over sole possession of first place in the Eastern Conference. By Wednesday night, Miami had added even more firepower to the lineup with Tyler’s return.”i am a bucketHerro of COVID-19 health and safety protocols.

Herro lost 21 points on his return and helped Miami beat the Knicks, 110-96. He also broke Dwyane Wade’s franchise record for most 20-point games before age 23. In addition to missing a few games this year for various reasons (injuries, COVID, etc), Herro is nothing short of stature. baller. It averages 20.7 ppg and just under 5 rpg and 4 apg, while shooting 39 percent of the three-point range. Tyler does all of this while getting off the couch as the Heat’s sixth man.

At the moment, Herro de odds-on favorite to win the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year award with the season he’s posted so far. If he stays steadfast on this path, I don’t see any real contenders to knock him over for the prize this year. It’s up to Tyler to lose right now.

Some of us scoff at Herro’s comments about his on the same level if Luka Doncić, Trae Young and Ja Morant a few months back. I don’t think he’s quite at that level yet, but he’s a lot closer now than I thought when he made that proclamation. The main difference is that Dončić and Young are tasked with bearing the burden on their teams as the best option. Herro is usually the team’s third or fourth option for the Heat, but he certainly proves his worth on the pitch.

Now Herro must put it all together and make a significant impact for the Heat during the postseason. Last year’s four-game sweep by Milwaukee was not his best performance. Herro’s three-point percentage dropped to 31.6 percent in the series from 36 percent in the regular competition. His overall field goal percentage took a dramatic hit, dropping from 43.9 percent during the regular season to 31 percent in the playoffs.

That drop in last year’s playoff performance in the Orland bubble led many to believe that Herro may have been a fluke. But with the season he currently has, it’s hard to believe this is the case. I think Herro and the entire Heat roster had a bad run against the Bucks last season. Miami was one of the most rescheduled teams last year due to pandemic and injury-related unavailability in the NBA. This season looks very different in May and June. And I believe these Heat have what it takes to get back to the Eastern Conference Finals this year. I also expect some big performances from Herro in the play-off time.

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