Tyler Herro Still Feels Soreness In Hand, Finals’ Status In Doubt

Tyler Herro is still experiencing soreness in his surgically repaired right hand and his status for the Finals remains up in the air. The Heat guard told ESPN sideline reporter Ros Gold-Onwude (Twitter link) that the hand continues to swell up when he’s shooting.

Herro said the soreness occurs when he’s making the follow-through on his shooting motion. He also shared his concerns about returning to action and messing up the team’s rhythm.

Herro participated in all aspects of the team practice prior to Miami’s victory in Game 2 but wants to be sure the timing is right for his return.

Herro hasn’t played since breaking the hand in the first game of the opening round against Milwaukee. He still hasn’t received full medical clearance to suit up, though coach Erik Spoelstra was pleased with the guard’s progress.

Multiple reports indicated that Game 3 on Wednesday in Miami was the target for Herro’s return. However, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel hears through a source familiar with the process that Herro won’t play in the series (Twitter link).

Miami Herald beat reporters Anthony Chiang and Barry Jackson also cite a source who claims that the expectation Herro will definitely return in the Finals is overstated.

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