May 26, 2024

Heat again to play without three starters on Wednesday vs. Hornets. But Herro nearing return

The Miami Heat is grappling with ongoing injury challenges, sidelining key players from their starting lineup. Bam Adebayo, Tyler Herro, and Haywood Highsmith are set to miss the upcoming game against the Charlotte Hornets due to various injuries. Adebayo’s left hip contusion has kept him out for five consecutive games, Herro’s right ankle sprain has forced him to sit out 16 games, and Highsmith is absent for the fourth straight game with a lower back contusion. Despite the lack of a definitive timetable for their return, there is optimism, especially regarding Herro, who might make a comeback within the next week, as indicated by a reliable source.

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In addition to the trio, Nikola Jovic (G League) and Dru Smith (season-ending knee surgery) will remain unavailable for the upcoming game. The Heat, currently navigating a challenging schedule and utilizing a league-leading 14 different starting lineups this season due to injuries, has managed to maintain a respectable 13-10 record through 23 games. The team is now heading back to Miami for a series of home games, hoping to improve its consistency and performance.

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Coach Erik Spoelstra provided insights into the decision-making process in late-game situations, particularly regarding intentional fouls. While Spoelstra typically avoids intentional fouls when ahead by three points, Jimmy Butler persuaded him to employ this strategy in a recent game against the Hornets. Butler’s decision was influenced by past experiences, specifically recalling a game against Boston where his choice not to foul led to a game-tying three-pointer. Fortunately, the intentional foul against the Hornets worked in the Heat’s favor, securing a narrow victory.

Haywood Highsmith | Miami Heat | NBA.com

The update also includes information on Nikola Jovic’s performance in the G League, with plans for him to rejoin the Heat after another game and potential participation in the G League Winter Showcase later in the month. Overall, the Heat is navigating challenges, adapting to injuries, and strategizing for success in the upcoming games.

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