Unlike other players, Miami Heat guard Tyler Herro has benefited from the NBA’s four-month hiatus. Not only has it allowed him to recover physically, but he’s now mentally prepared for what Disney World has to offer.
“I definitely feel like I grew up a little more as far as knowing the game,” Herro told reporters Friday on Zoom interview. “I took a lot from [the layoff], namely being able to watch more film. I’m excited to get back out there.”
There’s no debating the significance Herro, 20, brought to the Heat’s winning ways this season, especially in the fourth quarter. In just his rookie campaign, Herro has shot 8-of-15 on threes in the clutch, helping Miami claim a 15-0 record when he shoots 45 percent or higher.
And without Herro on the court for Miami due to an ankle injury he suffered in February, the Heat totaled a 7-9 record, including disappointing losses to seven teams with a record below .500.
Herro’s impact starts with his health. After missing 15 of Miami’s last 16 games after sustaining a right ankle injury in February, Herro’s been able to use the time off to recover and improve his game. According to the big-time shooter, he’s ready to suit up at Disney World.
“I’m just really excited to get back out there, I’m finally healthy,” Herro said. “I missed, I think 15 games, so, I’m just ready to get back out there. Whatever coach has me [in the rotation] I’m excited to get back out there and help the team as much as I can.”
On Monday, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra confirmed to reporters that Herro, along with Meyers Leonard, are healthy and ready to go. Still, to hear it out of the potential All-Rookie first-team candidate does shed some relief for the Heat, who plans to travel to Orlando on July 8.
Even with the tensions leading up to the NBA’s resumption at Orlando, Herro has been able to display his greatest trait: confidence.
“I really don’t know what to expect because I don’t know what the format or what the setup is gonna look like while we’re playing,” Herro said. “I’m just going like I think the rest of my teammates [are], open-minded, and ready to go. Like they said, nothings gonna be perfect, we really don’t know what to expect, but were going down there to compete and hopefully win a lot of games. That’s what we wanna go down there and do.”
Miami will open up their eight “seeding” games on August 1 against the Denver Nuggets.