Tyler Herro once, Tyler Herro again, Tyler Herro forever. The 13th overall pick shined bright when needed most. He hit clutch three, after three, after three. Yes, 4 of them in the last 2 minutes/OT. He scored a game-high 27 points and 16 of them came in the 4th quarter/OT. This clutch performance protected the Heat’s undefeated home record at 10-0.
Tyler Herro came in as the 4th leading rookie scorer in the NBA, behind teammate Kendrick Nunn and rookies Ja Morant and Eric Pashall. The difference is the first two are relied on more than the next two. Nunn and Herro have built a strong future in their short time together. Tyler Herro started this game off hot, then went cold fast. After making his first 4 shots for 9 points, Herro went cold for the next 20+ minutes. Then came the 4th quarter and overtime. Herro was the main attraction in those two periods, knocking down 4 threes, each one giving the Heat the lead or to tie the game. Herro was automatic down the stretch, enough to give him 27 points. This is the rookie’s 6th 20+ point game of the year.
Nothing Going in the First Half
The Heat tied season lows in the first quarter. They made 4 field goals and had 16 total points. To add insult to injury, both Bam and Robinson had 2 fouls in the first 6 minutes. They shot 25% in the 1st quarter but gathered things together shooting 45% in the 2nd. The Heat trailed in the first quarter by as much as 11. Foul trouble proved to be an early scare, but things got cleaner as the game went on.
LaVine with 18 in 41 Minutes
LaVine came into this one averaging 22.3 points per game on 42% shooting. The Miami Heat defense held him to 18 points on 5 of 19 defense. The Miami Heat doesn’t get enough credit sometimes. When Jimmy Butler wants to play defense, he will. He can easily take the Bulls’ best scorer and hold him quiet as he did tonight.
Jimmy Quiet, But Was He Really?
Tyler Herro is getting all the love in this one, but let’s give some love to Jimmy. Jimmy, a possible player of the week, put up 23 points with 7 assists and 6 rebounds in this one. Jimmy has been the center of attention all week for the Heat. It’s just so fitting that his best friend gets all the love in this one. Even though Herro hit the two go-ahead shots in this one, who do you think gave him those looks? With Jimmy as the main attraction, the defense tends to focus on him more. This gave him the ability to assist on 3 of his 4 three-pointers in the 4th and overtime.
2 Key Improvements
One thing different about this Miami Heat team compared to last year is the culture. When Jimmy was brought over a new era immediately started. And to start, it has been nothing short of phenomenal. A year after going 19-22 at home, things have done a 180. The Heat are 10-0 at home to start the season, defending their home court to the full extent. Another key improvement they have made is their free throws. Now, while they still do rank in the bottom 15 it is an improvement from a year ago. After being ranked dead last at the charity stripe they have done a better job this season. Going from shooting 69.5% to 76.1% is a major swing. It shows how much the culture has changed the Miami Heat as they have played so well.
There is not enough that can be said about this Miami Heat season to start. They are 17-6 and are winning games they should lose. These are major improvements from a year ago. Last year, it seemed they lost these games they are winning this year. This team has a lot to fix if they want to be considered legit. However, things are looking quite well for the Miami Heat.
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