1 Question for every Miami Heat player as countdown to NBA playoffs begins

With 10 games left in the season, we ask the biggest question facing every player on the Miami Heat's roster over this final stretch.

Dec 31, 2022; Salt Lake City, Utah, USA; Miami Heat forward Duncan Robinson (55), center/forward Bam
Dec 31, 2022; Salt Lake City, Utah, USA; Miami Heat forward Duncan Robinson (55), center/forward Bam / Christopher Creveling-USA TODAY Sports
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Will Tyler Herro play again?

The noise around Herro’s absence is getting louder and his (apparently sarcastic) tweet on Tuesday didn’t help matters. Read more background on that here. It’s being reported that the Heat don’t have a sense of when Herro will return after missing the last 16 games with knee and foot injuries. His ramp-up from a PRP injection two weeks ago could take him to the end of the regular season. If all of this is true, then Herro may only get a game or two to shake off any rust before the postseason. 

Can Terry Rozier be a more efficient scorer?

Since arriving in Miami in January, it hasn’t been an easy adjustment for Rozier. He went nearly two weeks without a practice and was thrust into the starting lineup of an injury-plagued rotation in the midst of a losing streak. He’s found some footing since then – notably making a pair of big shots at the end of last week’s game in Cleveland to help the Heat steal a win on the road – but his shooting percentages have yet to fully stabilize. Rozier is shooting 41% overall and 29.7% on 3s in 25 games with the Heat, down from 45.9% and 35.8% in 30 games with the Hornets before the trade. Rozier is a career 42% shooter (36% on 3s), so the tendency is to believe he will return to the rates from the larger sample. But the Heat need that positive regression soon.

Can Jaime Jaquez Jr. get over the rookie wall?

After being named the Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month the first two months of the season, Jaime Jaquez Jr.’s shooting numbers have declined and, having played in 65 of Miami’s 72 games, it looks like he might have hit the rookie wall. Jaquez is averaging 7.8 points on 34.8% shooting (18.2% on 3s) over his last eight games.