Herro’s one-man offense
Having successfully avoided being traded for Damian Lillard this summer, Herro in his fifth season in South Beach has laid the groundwork of making the required leap to be the adequate third star alongside Butler and Adebayo.
Scoring 35 points in a disjointed team performance is impressive as it is, but the unmatched confidence that was generally reflected in Herro’s shooting bodes exceptionally well for the Heat on nights like Monday where they lose an irreplaceable cog to their offense.
Herro’s first three scores epitomized his development from an effective pull-up shooter to a multifaceted, all-around creator with further space for offensive growth. Comfortably securing mid-range floaters on the runners, the guard is freakishly reassured in front of the basket as he repeatedly finished with touch or earned a foul (9 of 10 from the free-throw line).
The 23-year-old’s first-half dominance was characterized by his 6 of 9 shooting (also 6-of-6 from the free-throw line) whilst being severely undermined by the rest of his Heat teammates’ 27% shooting from distance.
Herro’s volume shooting contributed to Miami’s near-fourth-quarter collapse against Detroit in the season-opener, but the decision for Herro to be the primary shot-taker in Milwaukee — 21 field goal attempts, 10 more than Butler — was the right call.
The sight of the Kaseya Center will be a refreshing one for everyone connected to the Heat on Wednesday when the Brooklyn Nets land in Miami, as the Heat will look to put their disastrous road trip behind them.