The Miami Heat were able to pull off a very important and impressive Game 2 win over the Denver Nuggets in the NBA Finals on Sunday night.
That evened the series and gave Heat fans the belief that they could end up winning the championship this year.
They were able to do that with the help of multiple stars but they were still missing one of their biggest: Tyler Herro.
Before the game, head coach Erik Spoelstra spoke about Herro’s status for the series.
He said he hasn’t received full clearance from the team’s medical staff despite the progress he has made.
“Hopefully one of these days,” Spoelstra said about Herro returning, according to Heat insider Barry Jackson.
Spoelstra tells NBA TV that Herro hasn't received full clearance from medical staff, to play in games, despite all his progress. "Hopefully one of these days"
— Barry Jackson (@flasportsbuzz) June 4, 2023
Herro hasn’t played in a game since April 16, when he injured his hand during Game 1 of the first round against the Milwaukee Bucks.
At the time, few people thought the Heat would reach the Finals.
Now, months later, they are in the midst of a championship quest and Herro’s help would be much appreciated.
There were signs that Herro could be back really soon and the team said he had progressed well after surgery.
Yet, he remains on the sidelines.
Meanwhile, other players such as Gabe Vincent, Duncan Robinson, and Max Strus are filling the void left by Herro.
Before his injury, Herro was posting 20.1 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 4.2 assists a game on 43.9% from the field and 37.8% from the three-point line.
The former Sixth Man of the Year has started all season long so if he does come back in the Finals, adjustments to the roster will definitely be made.
However, it is seeming less and less likely that he will be able to suit up this postseason.NEXT: Skip Bayless Makes His Thoughts Clear About The Miami Heat