Heat guard Tyler Herro is testing out his surgically repaired right hand and could possibly return to the lineup in Game 2 v Denver, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Thursday.
If he is unable to make his return in Game 2, the team is confident he will play in Game 3 in Miami.
Herro had surgery to fix the broken middle and ring finger on his shooting hand on April 21 and has been working out to see how the hand responds to contact.
The 23-year-old seems determined to make a return soon as he stayed on the court well after the majority of his teammates to workout and put up shots at Ball Arena on Wednesday.
Tyler Herro getting shots up ahead of Game 1 👏
He’s been out since April 16th with a broken right hand
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) June 1, 2023
Miami’s coach Erik Spoelstra didn’t provide a set date / timeline for Herro’s return but no doubt would be eager to see him return and bolster the team’s offense.
There was always a hope he would return if Miami pushed through to the Finals.
“Get to the Finals and I can get back for that,” Herro said at the time of the injury.
He sustained the injury against the Bucks in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals on April 16 while diving for a loose ball and the recovery was set to take 4-6 weeks.
Game 2 will mark seven weeks since the injury occurred.
Herro was Miami’s third highest scorer behind Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo and averaged 20.1 points, 5.4 rebounds and 4.2 assists in the regular season and of course, played an important role in their success.