Heat vs. Celtics injury updates: Miami’s Tyler Herro will return for Game 7 of Eastern Conference finals

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The Miami Heat and Boston Celtics have spent their entire Eastern Conference finals series shuffling players in and out of the lineup due to injuries, and now, with Game 7 mere hours away, we know who will take the floor and who will be out. For Boston, both Marcus Smart (ankle) and Robert Williams III (knee) were listed as questionable for Game 7, but both are going to play. Miami is similarly fortunate. Tyler Herro, the Sixth Man of the Year dealing with a groin injury, is returning for Game 7. The four other players listed as questionable for the Heat were Kyle Lowry (hamstring), Max Strus (hamstring), P.J. Tucker (knee) and Gabe Vincent (hamstring). All four are set to play in Game 7. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said before Game 7 that tonight is “all hands on deck.”

Herro’s return is undoubtedly the story here. He has missed Miami’s past three games, and the Heat have scored a paltry 273 points in those games without him. Their offense, putting up just 97.8 points per 100 possessions since Herro got hurt, would rank dead-last in the NBA over the course of the regular season. That put an enormous amount of pressure on Lowry and Jimmy Butler to create all of Miami’s shots. They did so wonderfully in Game 6, combining for 65 points and 18 assists in a hard-fought victory, but turning around and playing again two days after such a draining win will be no easy feat. Getting Herro back, even if it’s a diminished version of him, will help lighten their load significantly.

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Author : Sam Quinn

Publish date : 2022-05-29 22:55:33

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