Latest Tyler Herro injury update is bad news for the Miami Heat

Plus the latest on Kevin Love.

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After missing the last nine games with a foot injury, Miami Heat guard Tyler Herro appears likely to miss at least four more.

Herro did not travel with the team to Detroit ahead of matchups Friday and Sunday against the Pistons. Those games are the first of a four-game trip, putting Herro’s availability in question unless he rejoins the team at some point in Philadelphia or Cleveland.

The Heat have not offered a timetable for Herro, who is currently dealing with right foot medial tendinitis. He was also sidelined with a hyperextended left knee during this stretch.

There is no timetable for Tyler Herro's return, and he seems likely to miss at least the next four games for the Miami Heat.

When asked about Herro's status, coach Erik Spoelstra didn’t offer many details.

“He’s making progress,” Spoelstra said before Wednesday’s home loss to the Denver Nuggets. “I don’t have any more for you. But he’s doing everything he needs to do.”

Kevin Love, who has missed the last seven games with a heel bruise, also did not travel with the team. Bam Adebayo is considered probable for Friday’s game in Detroit with a lower back contusion.

What does Herro’s continued absence mean for the Heat?

After mustering only 88 points in Wednesday’s loss to the Nuggets, the Heat now have an offensive rating of 112.9 over the nine games Herro has missed. That mark would rank in the bottom eight of NBA offenses. Miami’s offensive rating was only slightly higher before Herro’s injury, at 113.2. 

The Heat could have used Herro in Wednesday night’s effort, when no Heat player scored more than 17 points. Herro is averaging 20.8 points per game this season.

Duncan Robinson has started in Herro’s place and is averaging 13.1 points on 43.8% shooting (35.2% from 3-point range), 3.6 rebounds and 3.8 assists over those nine games.