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Tyler Herro’s Heat set to take on PJ Washington’s Hornets

Both Wildcats have had strong starts in the preseason.

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Tyler Herro vs. PJ Washington in an early-October preseason game?

What more could a Wildcats’ fan ask for?

The game will start at 7:30 pm EST but isn’t nationally broadcasted so only those with NBA League Pass or are in one of the teams’ markets will have access.

Herro’s Heat played last night against the Spurs, defeating the Gregg Popovich-coached team by 18 points. Herro played 24 points and scored a game-high 18 points, also dishing out 3 assists and 3 rebounds.

Let’s just say one of the Miami Herald’s five takeaways from the game were spot on. “Tyler Herro is a bucket,” Anthony Chiang headlined one section.

He’s not wrong, and the Heat, for the first time, got a first-hand witness at the impressive guard.

As for Washington, the No. 12 overall selection, his Hornets kicked off their preseason play last Sunday, losing to the Celtics by one point.

Washington logged 20 minutes and scored a team-high 16 points. It’s obvious the two former Wildcats turned lottery picks have lived up to their hype. However, it certainly important to remember that it’s just the preseason.

While the questions are still out on Washington, Herro silenced all his doubters at the Las Vegas Summer League. He averaged 19.8 points, 4.5 rebounds and 4.3 assists. He’s the real deal.

This will be the two former teammates first battle against each other.

If fans miss this game, they won’t have to wait too long for a meaningful outing between the two as the Hornets and Heat (both in the Eastern Conference) will matchup in the regular season in late November as well as multiple times following that.

Ultimately, these preseason games matter little and coaches are just trying to feel out their personnel. That said, I wouldn’t take too much stock in the success of these two Wildcats early on, but it’s certainly better than them struggling to get in rhythm.

Either way, this will be a must-watch for diehard Wildcat fans.