The Miami Heat they can go to the NBA Finals if, or, they finish the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals.
They currently lead the series 3-0 and have a chance to sweep Boston in Game 4 on Tuesday.
When Miami gets to the playoffs, their chances of winning it all will depend on the availability of point guard Tyler Herro, who has been sidelined since suffering a hand injury in the first quarter of the playoffs.
According to head coach Erik Spoelstra, through reporter Tim Bontemps, there is no time for him to return, although he has made progress in his recovery.
Erik Spoelstra says there is no timetable for Tyler Herro’s return, but that he is strong and continues to rehab.
– Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) May 23, 2023
It’s amazing that the Heat have made it this far, especially without Herro.
They faced the Milwaukee Bucks, the team that had won the world championship just two years earlier, in the first round of the playoffs, and were considered strong underdogs.
But they managed to knock off the Bucks, who had the league’s best record in the regular season, in five games.
Miami then swept the New York Knicks in five games in the next round despite having a weaker lineup.
Herro is a very important member of this team, as he is the only one who poses a more consistent threat to them than Jimmy Butler.
He averaged 20.1 points per game in the regular season after stepping into the starting lineup after his sixth man of the year victory last year.
The Denver Nuggets, who went to the NBA Finals from the Western Conference, will be very difficult to beat, even with a healthy Herro, but the Heat have been there and done that before.
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