After undergoing an MRI on Thursday on his injured right ankle on Thursday, Heat guard Tyler Herro has been diagnosed with a Grade 2 sprain, according to Anthony Chiang of The Miami Herald (Twitter links).
The plan is for Herro to wear a walking boot for the next 10 days and to be reevaluated in two weeks, Chiang continues.
Herro will be in a walking boot for 10 days and will be re-evaluated in two weeks. https://t.co/2tvo74q6ek
— Anthony Chiang (@Anthony_Chiang) November 9, 2023
It sounds like the guard’s absence will extend beyond the two-week mark, however. The Heat’s announcement indicates they’ll have a better of Herro’s return timeline at that point, and sources tell Shams Charania of The Athletic (Twitter link) that the 23-year-old will be out for “several” weeks.
Herro suffered the injury on Wednesday vs. Memphis when he landed on Jaren Jackson Jr.‘s foot after shooting a floater in the first quarter. He fell to the court in pain, then hobbled to the locker room without putting any weight on the ankle.
“It was something I felt right when it happened,” Herro said. “I felt it and I kind of knew mentally. I heard some crunches and cracks in my ankle. I’m like, ‘Yeah, that will be it.’ I actually told the bench, ‘I’m done. I can’t keep going.’ It’s unfortunate, but I’m just going to continue to work hard. I’ve been through this injury stuff before and I’m just going to keep working.”
The subject of persistent trade rumors this summer as the Heat were linked to Damian Lillard for months, Herro stayed put in Miami and said in multiple media interviews ahead of the season that he was determined to make himself too valuable to move.
He was off to a good start toward that goal, having averaged 25.3 points per game on .446/.410/.909 shooting in his seven healthy games (all starts) while also chipping in 5.6 rebounds and 5.0 assists per night.
Duncan Robinson started the second half on Wednesday in Herro’s place and may see his role expand with the team’s other top shooter on the shelf. Kyle Lowry, Dru Smith, Josh Richardson, and Haywood Highsmith are among the other candidates to see bumps in minutes for as long as Herro remains unavailable.