4 Heat players who failed to meet expectations this season

Who on the Heat’s roster is to blame for failed expectations this season? We rank them below. 
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2. Tyler Herro

Tyler Herro's shooting prowess has been instrumental in elevating the Heat's offensive performance to unprecedented levels. Unfortunately, his absence due to injuries has undeniably impacted the team's success. Herro has missed the last sixteen games of this season with a foot injury and was unable to participate in the NBA Finals last season due to a broken hand. The team sorely felt his absence, particularly as they strived to avoid the play-in tournament for the second consecutive season.

In the absence of regular starters Duncan Robinson and Terry Rozier, who are currently sidelined due to injuries, Herro made a comeback to the starting lineup on Tuesday night against the Atlanta Hawks. This was after coming off the bench in his first two games back. These two games as a reserve were the first time Herro played off the bench since the 2022 playoffs, during which he was honored as the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year.

During the Heat's thrilling 117-111 victory (double-overtime) against Atlanta, Herro showcased why he was missed. Among the impressive statistics he accumulated, one number stood out above the rest: a career-high 48 minutes played. In his third game back after a 20-game absence caused by a right foot injury, Herro logged more minutes during that game than in any other game throughout his five-year NBA career. He contributed a team-leading 33 points, shooting 13-of-25 from the field, 4-of-13 from beyond the arc, and 3-of-4 from the free-throw line.

While displaying no signs of rust or limitations from the foot issue upon his return, and maintaining impressive statistics in his first three games back, the concern remains that Herro's foot problem is not entirely resolved.

While Herro excels offensively, improving his defensive skills and overall strength, making better shot selections, attacking the rim, playing off the ball, and enhancing playmaking abilities can further elevate his performance. By increasing his volume while maintaining efficiency, Herro can solidify his presence in All-Star conversations without compromising his impact in each game. Despite Herro's seamless return to the court, his youth and susceptibility to injuries raise valid concerns. The unpredictable nature of his injuries is worrisome, emphasizing the need for him to focus on strengthening during the offseason.