Heat guard Tyler Herro is no longer using a walking boot, the team confirmed on Monday, per Ira Winderman of The South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
Herro, who has been out of action since Nov. 8 after sustaining a Grade 2 right ankle sprain, was set to wear the boot for 10 days. Assuming the original plan is in place, he will be reevaluated later this week.
According to reports following Herro’s injury, he could be out for “several” weeks, so he won’t be back on the floor anytime soon. Nonetheless, it’s reassuring that he appears to be on track with his recuperation plan thus far.
Herro is in the first year of a four-year, $120 million+ rookie scale contract he signed last year. Prior to the injury, the 23-year-old was off to a terrific start this season, averaging 25.3 points per game on.446/.410/.909 shooting in seven healthy games (all starts), while also grabbing 5.6 rebounds and dishing out 5.0 assists per night.
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The Miami Heat share the most recent information on Tyler Herro’s injury recuperation.
Tyler Herro, the Miami Heat’s standout guard, has been out for nearly two weeks. He hasn’t played for the team since suffering an ankle sprain on Nov. 8 against the Memphis Grizzlies.
But Herro has taken a big step in his comeback journey, as he is now no longer wearing a walking boot.
The 23-year-old was playing arguably the best basketball of his NBA career before he went down with the ankle injury. Across eight appearances with the Heat so far this season, Herro is averaging 22.9 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game while shooting 44.7 percent from the field and 41.0 percent from behind the 3-point line.
Perhaps his best performance of the season thus far came in a loss to Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks back on Oct. 30. He finished with 35 points, eight rebounds and three assists on 12-of-21 shooting from the floor and 2-of-5 shooting from outside the 3-point arc in 42 minutes of playing time.
The Heat have had no problem stringing together wins without one of their better offensive players in the lineup. Since Herro has been out for Miami, the team owns a terrific 4-1 record with wins over the Atlanta Hawks, San Antonio Spurs, Charlotte Hornets and Brooklyn Nets.
The Heat won all of those games by single digits.
Miami’s only loss since losing Herro came against the Chicago Bulls — who own a poor 5-9 record — on Nov. 18. Heat stars Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo combined to score 49 points, but the team still went on to lose by five points thanks to a solid performance from DeMar DeRozan.
DeRozan scored a team-high 23 points for the Bulls and shot 6-of-12 from the field. Also, he attempted 13 free throws and converted nine of them.
On Monday night, the Heat will face the Bulls once more. Herro will not play against the Bulls, but the fact that he is no longer wearing a walking boot suggests that he will be back on the court for the Heat in the near future.