Sport LOOK: Jimmy Butler arrives to Heat practice wearing Tyler Herro's high school jersey
Comeback Heat do it again, rally past Celtics for 2-0 lead
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) Down by 14 in Game 1, the Miami Heat found a way. © APWF Miami Heat guard Goran Dragic (7) celebrates after sinking a basket against the Boston Celtics during the second half of an NBA conference final playoff basketball game, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Down by 17 in Game 2, they did it again Thursday night. And after making the Boston Celtics lose another big lead on the court - as well as their cool in the postgame locker room - the unheralded Heat are two wins away from the NBA Finals.
TheGame 4 hero was a rookie guard with the same name: . The former Kentucky prospect dropped 37 points in his team's 112-109 victory over the on Wednesday, and did so on 14-of-21 shooting -- including-5 of-10 from three.
In celebration of the brilliant rookie performance, teammatedecided to dedicate his practice outfit to Herro. As posted to the Heat's Instagram, Butler showed up with Herro's jersey -- one that the 20-year-old wore during his time at Whitnall High School in Greenfield, Wisconsin.
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Herro has the Heat one game away from the NBA FinalsSep 23, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; Miami Heat guard Tyler Herro (14) dribbles against Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (right) during the first half of game four of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2020 NBA Playoffs at AdventHealth Arena.
Since the rookie was drafted by the Heat in 2019, Butler has taken the former Kentucky Wildcat under his wing. Around this time last year, the 20-year-old took part in the famously. It seemed like the grueling exercises did not scare off the young pupil, as his performance Wednesday was done in honor of the man who's been teaching him the ways of the NBA.
“I more wanna do it for Jimmy (Butler), though..He hasn’t been to the Finals. I wanna do it for him... He’s been a great big brother for me since I’ve been in Miami, and I know how much it means for him to win. And I wanna help him get there.”
-Tyler Herro post game— MarkJonesESPN (@MarkJonesESPN)
Of course, it's not like Butler is the only one who was heaping praise on Herro. After the incredible Game 4 performance, pretty much all of his veteran teammates talked about his fearless playing style that gave Miami a commanding 3-1 lead in the Eastern Conference Finals.
Tyler Herro's career night pushes Miami Heat to brink of NBA Finals
Tyler Herro is no longer unsung, and his Miami Heat are on the brink of the NBA Finals. The 20-year-old rookie scored 17 of his career-high 37 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Heat to a 112-109 victory and a 3-1 series lead over the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference finals. Only one other rookie has scored more than Herro and Johnson in a playoff game: Wilt Chamberlain. “Herro’s shotmaking tonight was the difference in the game,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens told reporters. “Herro was ridiculously good tonight. The rim must have looked like the ocean to him.”Celtics fans need no reminder that Herro was potentially a coin flip away from being in Boston.
"To him, there's no pressure." -
"He's put in so much work." -
"He's going to be a star." -
"We need his skillset." -
The Miami Heat speak on Tyler Herro's ability and importance.
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But perhaps the most impressive thing about all this is that Butler, a player frequently maligned for his ostracizing personality and overall intensity, does have the capacity to be a role model for a particular brand of player. The results of that tutelage in this high stakes series speaks for itself.
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