Tyler Herro NBA Finals 2
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The Miami Heat are very close to reaching the NBA Finals once more. With a fairly one-sided matchup against the Boston Celtics, the Heat could potentially sweep the C’s to advance to the final stage. On the other hand, the team is greatly missing the presence of their star guard, Tyler Herro, due to a hand injury. With his awaited return coming to a close, should Tyler Herro play in the NBA Finals? Let’s discuss the schedule of his possible return and if Miami should put him on the floor as soon as he recovers.

Tyler Herro’s injury update: Will he be playing against the Celtics in game 4?

Initially, it was reported that Tyler Herro would need at least four to six weeks for his hand to completely recover. After his surgery, he was required to wear a brace for protection.

But, just recently, the said brace was already removed and Herro was already spotted dribbling the ball with his hands. But, the team’s medical staff will not allow him to make shots just yet. That being said, Tyler Herro is likely not playing in game 4 against the Boston Celtics. As of this moment, his recovery is the top priority and the Heat would not risk damaging his hand further. But, with the previously reported timeline for his return, Herro’s recovery could be right on schedule.

It has already been about a month since he injured his hand. Maybe we’ll get to see him make an impact on the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals against the Denver Nuggets (probably).

Should Tyler Herro play in the NBA Finals?

Miami Heat fans would love to the idea of Tyler Herro boosting the Heat’s offense with his much-needed production. With Denver Nuggets looming as their matchup in the NBA Finals, Herro’s scoring output would be a great help alongside Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo.

But, if we are going to answer this question, personally, it would be acceptable if the organization would let Herro sit the whole postseason. Here are some reasons why we think so:

The Miami Heat are on a tear and they are on an impressive playoff rally

Beating the top-seeded Bucks in the first round, and then destroying the Knicks in the semifinals. Now, they’re on their way to sweeping the powerhouse team of Boston Celtics led by Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown in the Conference Finals. Even without Tyler Herro, everybody is stepping up, especially those who we did not expect would rise to the occasion.

They have four undrafted players who are surprising us in this year’s playoffs. Names like Caleb Martin, Max Strus, Gabe Vincent, and Duncan Robinson are all putting on a great effort. Currently, they have great chemistry, and suddenly putting Tyler Herro would probably disrupt what they have now.

It’s too risky

Although he was only given four to six weeks to recover, we think it wouldn’t be enough for him to get back to full health. Herro had just got his brace removed, and as of this writing, his doctors still wouldn’t allow him to shoot the ball.

If the Heat manages to beat the Celtics, the NBA Finals could begin early next month. With the most intense battle of the season, it would be a difficult time for the reigning Sixth Man of the Year. A fractured hand is no joke especially since he is known for his shooting. Moreover, they have a great roster now. Although Tyler Herro would be a great boost to their offense, it would be a great risk to put him in a tense 7-game series against a blazing-hot Denver Nuggets.

That being said, we think it’s best if Tyler Herro would miss the 2023 Playoffs. It’s a better choice than taking the risk of further damaging his hand. Plus, his team is doing pretty well without him. We’re not saying they’re better, but they are doing great despite his absence.

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John Micheal (sometimes called JM or Mike) has been writing various types of professional articles for almost 2 years now. He is an avid sports fan and has been following the NBA since the early 2000s. He also loves playing a lot of video games like DotA 2, Valorant, but MMOs have a special place in JM's heart. Not only is he a huge fan of basketball and video games, he also loves movies and tv shows. He is a huge MARVEL and MCU fan plus he is into a lot of superhero stuff.