Tyler Herro is nearing his return to the Miami Heat, but the expectation is that he’ll miss at least another week with a right ankle sprain that has sidelined him for the last two weeks.
“It’s trending in the right direction,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said when asked about Herro’s status after Monday’s practice.
Herro, whose ankle was re-evaluated over the weekend, did not participate in Monday’s practice but was putting up shots with Heat assistant coaches after practice. He was not wearing any visible brace or wraps on the right ankle he sprained in a Nov. 8 game in Memphis.
Herro was averaging 25.3 points on 44.6% shooting (41% from 3-point range), 5.6 rebounds and 5 assists in 37.7 minutes per game before leaving that game early.
It was announced that Herro would be re-evaluated in two weeks following the injury, and Spoelstra was encouraged to see him practicing before Tuesday’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks.
The Heat have ruled out Herro for the game, as well as Dru Smith (season-ending ACL injury) and R.J. Hampton (right knee sprain) for the final group stage game of Miami’s In-Season Tournament slate.
Bam Adebayo (left hip contusion) and Duncan Robinson (right thumb sprain) are probable, while Jimmy Butler (right ankle sprain) and Haywood Highsmith (lower back contusion) are considered questionable.
The Bucks listed Khris Middleton (left Achilles tendinitis) as questionable for Tuesday’s game in Miami, and Marques Bolden, Jae Crowder, TyTy Washington Jr. and Lindell Wigginton are out.