The injury of teammate Goran Dragic opens the opportunity to make history for talented rookie new Miami Heat’s Tyler Herro.
In game 2 NBA Finals, defender Goran Dragic is unable to play due to a foot injury. The idea that Kendrick Nunn would play in the starting lineup because he was the main hit before the Playoffs in Dragic’s position, but coach Erik Spoelstra put Tyler Herro on the first five players list.
The Philippines-born coach’s decision made Herro the youngest player in history to be in the starting line-up at the NBA Finals at 20 years and 256 days old. He is currently the first player born in the twenty-first century to feature in an NBA Final.
Herro broke the old record of Magic Johnson, who played the NBA Finals 1980 at the age of 20 years and 264 days. Herro was in the starting lineup eight times in the main season, mainly in the early part of the season. He lost his place when Jimmy Butler returned and became accustomed to the bench regularly, giving the lead to Butler and Duncan Robinson.
In the Playoffs round, the former University of Kentucky player made miraculous progress, which is typically 37 points in game 4 in the East NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics. His performance contributed to help the Miami Heat unexpectedly reach the NBA Finals.
In game 1 against the Los Angeles Lakers, Tyler Herro did not play badly, scoring 14 points and 4 rebounds in 30 minutes. In game 2, this rookie scored 17 points in 43 minutes, got 7 rebounds and 3 assists.
Unfortunately, Herro did not have a complete happy day, when the Miami Heat received a 114-124 defeat on the day that both Dragic and Bam Adebayo were absent. Now the score is 2-0 for the Lakers and it is likely that the Yellow-Purple team will become the NBA Champion.