Tyler F’n Herro. After proving he can be a great NBA player in each of the last two summers, his 2020 fall got off to a great start with his career-high 37 points to get the Heat up 3-1. Coach Erik Spoelstra was asked about when he knew he could trust Herro in big moments, but he didn’t have an answer and provided a great quote about his work ethic instead. “I think everybody overestimates what you can do in a day, and they underestimate what you can do in months of work, and sweat, and grind when nobody’s watching,” Spo said. He said Herro was “relentless with his work ethic,” and of course it’s easy to tie in all 4 a.m. workout sessions with Jimmy Butler back in July of 2019. Butler and Herro worked out in Chicago back in September 2019 before camp and it’s clear they have chemistry on the court. “bUt yOuNg pLaYeRs cAn’T pLaY wItH jImMy,” they said.
Miami Heat vs. Boston Celtics (-3), 7:00 pm ET
Team Totals: Heat 105.5, Celtics 108.5
Injury News: Romeo Langford (wrist) remains out, Chris Silva (pubic bone) is still out, Gabe Vincent (knee) is questionable, and Bam Adebayo is not on the injury report (more below).
Heat Expected Starters: Goran Dragic, Duncan Robinson, Jimmy Butler, Jae Crowder, Bam Adebayo
Celtics Expected Starters: Kemba Walker, Marcus Smart, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Daniel Theis
Heat Rotation Notes: Tyler Herro played the final 18 minutes in first half and 17 in second half, Andre Iguodala played the final 14 (one mini sub at end for free-throw shooting), Jae Crowder didn’t play in the fourth, Robinson didn’t play in final 10, Dragic played the final 14.
Celtics Rotation Notes: Only five minutes of the “best five” lineup (Kemba, Smart, Brown, Hayward, Tatum; six in Game 3) and it did close, non-Hayward bench guys played just six minutes combined in the second half, Theis and Robert Williams took up all of the 30 center minutes to start the game (Enes Kanter DNP-CD).