Tyler Herro’s Heat lost Game 4 of the 2020 NBA Finals 102-96. They’re facing a 3-1 hole.
While that may seem insurmountable, we’ve seen the Nuggets come back from that same deficit twice this postseason. That said, the odds are slim but do not count out the Heat quite yet.
In that Game 4, Herro put up 21 points on 8-of-18 shooting and 3-of-7 from deep.
While he had better games, Herro has been the most consistent player for Miami and is the only player to score double figures in each of Miami’s 19 postseason games. He’s now tied Alvin Adams for the most consecutive double-digit scoring games in by a rookie in NBA history.
Tyler Herro making NBA Playoff history tonight. pic.twitter.com/oOSdyS2fkb— TheCatsPause247 (@TheCatsPause247) October 7, 2020
Herro has also broken the record for most three-pointers by a rookie in playoff history.
The MOST 3-pointers made in an NBA Playoffs by a rookie... @raf_tyler!— NBA (@NBA) October 7, 2020
Game 5 of the #NBAFinals presented by YouTube TV begins Friday at 9:00 PM ET on ABC. pic.twitter.com/hH73k9MCwo
The record books showcasing Herro’s name don’t stop there.
He toppled 300 points for the entire postseason which puts him as only the sixth rookie in the NBA history to have done that with Jayson Tatum being the most recent to do it. Before Tatum in 2018, no rookie had accomplished the feat since 1978.
While Herro has been terrific this postseason, he hasn’t made the same mark that he did against the Celtics, a series in which he put up a game-changing 37 points in a pivotal Game 4.
The Heat are going to need of that or more heroic efforts from Jimmy Butler if they plan to come out of this hole, especially with Anthony Davis and LeBron James on the other side of the court.
Speaking of, Davis finished Game 4 with 22 points, including a dagger three-ball to ice the game for LA. He also chipped in nine boards, four assists and four blocks.
ANTHONY. DAVIS.— ESPN (@espn) October 7, 2020
Fellow former Wildcat Bam Adebayo (15 points and seven boards in 33 minutes) did play in Game 4 as he returned from a neck strain. Both Herro and Adebayo will be looking to slow down the Lakers. So far, it’s been all Davis and James in three of the four Finals games.
They Miami Wildcats hope to change that script with Game 5 set for Friday.
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