While there wasn’t a full slate of NBA games on Thursday night, the Miami Heat did return to the hardwood as they took on the Los Angeles Clippers. Without Kawhi Leonard or Paul George, the Heat really should’ve been able to find a way to win.
However, they weren’t playing at full strength either.
While second-year guard Tyler Herro returned to action after being sidelined for the last seven games, Andre Iguodala, Jimmy Butler, and Goran Dragic, all important pieces to the Heat’s Finals run a season ago, were ruled out.
In said return, Herro got after it, scoring 19 points. Sadly, it wasn’t an overly efficient performance from Herro.
He shot 8/21 and just 1/6 from deep. Herro connected on both his free throws. Having now played 11 games, this was Herro’s fifth highest-scoring game of the season. In general, this was a strange game.
There wasn’t a single player that totaled even 20 points. However, there were 12 players in this game that hit double figures. While I don’t know the numbers behind it, having that type of spread of success has to be rare.
As for Herro’s Heat, they’ve been far from the team that made it to the Finals last season. Sadly, we haven’t seen them with their entire personnel on the court often. With just 72 games on the season, the Heat’s 6-12 start has to be scaring some.
In a wildly competitive East that only became more challenging this offseason, the Heat may struggle to gain traction in their inevitable playoff push.
That said, Herro’s healthy and starting to find his rhythm, so that win streak will hopefully start sooner rather than later.